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The jazz event of 2005 is an unknown Carnegie Hall concert that took place 48 years ago.

John Coltrane, Shadow Wilson, Thelonious Monk, Ahmed Abdul-Malik at the Five Spot Cafe, New York City, 1957
photo: Don Schlitten
John Coltrane, Shadow Wilson, Thelonious Monk, Ahmed Abdul-Malik at the Five Spot Cafe, New York City, 1957

He'd moved far from Monk by the time of One Down, One Up. The title track fades in on a Jimmy Garrison bass solo, and following nearly a full half-hour of Coltrane, announcer Alan Grant tells his radio listeners that the tune began 35 minutes in advance of the broadcast, which probably means this was Coltrane's second extended improvisation. The one we hear, based on the scantest of themes, is minimalistic in development, immense in power. Garrison and McCoy Tyner drop out 11 minutes in, leaving Coltrane and Elvin Jones to go one on one. Their dialogue is so fierce Jones's bass drum pedal flies off, but he keeps up the attack on his snare and cymbals. You're more relieved than exhilarated when it's over. Then you ask yourself how many in jazz today could make you feel you had something at stake in a solo this lengthy and obsessive.

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