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Original handbill for the John Coltrane Quintet Japan Tour 1966.
Japan: 1966. Two-sided handbill (250 x 176 mm), reversed-out on recto with lettering in white, yellow and red, verso printed in brown and red. Two minor tape-pulls at head of verso, slight crease at top left, light lateral crease across centre otherwise in striking condition. Terrific handbill for Trane's 1966 tour of Japan, his name printed in yellow in an eye-catching font and featuring a mirrored image of the great tenorist in full flight. This two-and-a-half-week excursion was to be Coltrane's final foreign tour - he died the following July. In his study Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007), Ben Ratcliff comments that the music of this period is "generally seen as the rawest, most basic, wildest version of Coltrane, like the decadent stage of the Romantic movement. It takes a bit of attention to notice the order and theory, but it is there". The quintet for the tour comprised Pharaoh Sanders (reeds), Alice Coltrane (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Rashied Ali (drums). Tour dates advertised here are for Festival Hall, Osaka (12 July), Hiroshima Kokaido, Hiroshima (13th), Kyoto Kaikan, Daini Hall, Kyoto (16th), Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Kobe (17th), and Festival Hall, Osaka (20th); there is also a plug for the "5 Spot Modern Jazz Coffee Shop", a well-known venue in Kofu, some 80 miles due west of Tokyo. Coltrane had a large and devoted following in Japan, biographer J. C. Thomas noting that "his albums sold as many as 30, 000 copies each; almost the equivalent of his American distribution, but in a country with only half the population" (Chasin' the Trane: The Music and Mys … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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