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Infinity (John Coltrane album)

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Released  September 1972
Producer  Ed Michel
Label  Universal Music LLC
Length  36:47
Release date  1972
Genre  Jazz
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Recorded  June 16, 1965 (#2) Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs September 22, 1965 (#3) February 2, 1966 (#1, 4) Coast Recorders, San Francisco
Artists  John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane
Similar  John Coltrane albums, Jazz albums

Infinity is an album credited to John Coltrane, released on Impulse! Records in 1972. It features overdubs with strings of Coltrane's pieces recorded in 1965 and 1966, at the hands of Alice Coltrane. Her controversial "re-imagining" of her husband's late works was criticised by both fans and critics, as she took his original performances and superimposed them over lush orchestral backgrounds and re-dubbed rhythm section parts, as well as recording new solos on piano, organ, harp and timpani.


Tracks 2 and 3 were originally recorded by the "classic quartet" (John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones) in 1965, while tracks 1 and 4 were recorded by Coltrane's later ensemble (Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Garrison, Rashied Ali, and extra percussionist Ray Appleton). On the 1965 tracks, Alice retains the original rhythm section parts, adding string and tamboura parts only, but on the 1966 tracks, Garrison's bass parts are replaced with new recordings by Charlie Haden, and she herself records new solos.

Track listing

All compositions by John Coltrane
  1. "Peace on Earth" – 8:33
  2. "Living Space" – 10:28
  3. "Joy" – 7:54
  4. "Leo" – 9:52
Overdubs recorded at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California, in 1972.

Original performances by

  • John Coltrane (soprano & tenor sax, bass clarinet, bells, percussion – 4)
  • Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax, flute, piccolo, tambourine, percussion – 4)
  • McCoy Tyner (piano – 2,3)
  • Jimmy Garrison (bass – 2,3)
  • Elvin Jones (drums – 2,3)
  • Rashied Ali (drums – 1,4)
  • Ray Appleton (percussion – 1,4)
  • Overdubbed with arrangements featuring

  • Alice Coltrane (piano – 1,4, harp – 1,2,3, organ – 1,4, vibraphone – 1,3, tamboura – 2, timpani-4)
  • Charlie Haden (bass – 1,3,4)
  • Joan Chapman (tamboura – 2)
  • Oran Coltrane (bells - 2)
  • String orchestra

  • James Getzoff, Gerald Vinci, Gordon Marron, Michael White (violin)
  • Rollice Dale, Myra Kestenbaum, (viola)
  • Jesse Ehrlich, Edgar Lustgarten (cello)
  • Murray Adler (concertmaster)
  • Songs

    1Peace On Earth8:33
    2Living Space10:29


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