The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording

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The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording
A green, yellow, and red outline of continental Africa on a white background includes a black-and-white inset of Coltrane playing flute.
Live album by
RecordedApril 23, 1967, Olatunji Center of African Culture, New York City, New York, United States
GenreFree jazz
ProducerBryan Koniarz
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media10[2]

The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording is the Impulse! Records-released final live recording of saxophonist John Coltrane, recorded April 23, 1967, at the Olatunji Center of African Culture in New York and released on Compact Disc in 2001. The album consists of two songs—"Ogunde", which Coltrane also recorded for his final approved album, Expression, and an especially free-form "My Favorite Things", which Coltrane had performed live regularly since 1960. The recording was made for broadcast on Billy Taylor's local radio station, WLIB.

About a month after this show, Coltrane began to complain of intense abdominal pain; he died two months after that, in July. The Olatunji Concert was not Coltrane's last show, but rather, his penultimate—he would play once more on May 7, 1967, in Baltimore.

Track listing[edit]

1."Introduction by Billy Taylor"0:35
2."Ogunde" (John Coltrane)28:25
3."My Favorite Things" (Rodgers and Hammerstein)34:38



  1. ^ Samuelson, Sam. The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording at AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Buckman, Luke (October 15, 2001). "John Coltrane: The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 9, 2012.