A previously unheard recording of the John Coltrane Quartet augmented by the presence of avant-garde maven, saxophonist, clarinetist, and flautist, Eric Dolphy, is due to be released globally on July 14 via Impulse! Records/UMe under the title Evenings At The Village Gate: John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy. It consists of five extended performances, which include the Coltrane staples ‘My Favorite Things,’ ‘Impressions,’ and ‘Greensleeves.’ There’s also a version of the jazz standard ‘When Lights Are Low’ and the only known-live recording of the Coltrane original ‘Africa,’ which features Art Davis on bass.
The 90-minute mono recording was recently discovered gathering dust in the New York Public Library and was taped in August 1961 by audio engineer Rich Alderson to test a new sound system installed at the iconic Big Apple jazz club, The Village Gate, where Coltrane was enjoying a month-long residency.
Evenings At The Village Gate: John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy is released by Impulse!/UMe on July 14