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  • Summary: The previously unreleased 1964 recording by John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet was originally for Gilles Groulx's film Le chat dans le sac, which only 10 minutes ultimately were included in the movie.
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  1. Oct 7, 2019
    At little over the half hour it is a snapshot, but any recording of this Quartet contains multitudes to explore, marvel at and enjoy.
  2. Sep 27, 2019
    Blue World reveals Coltrane’s personal progress, as well as the interactive consistency and sonic details the Classic Quartet had firmly established as their collective signature by 1964.
  3. Sep 30, 2019
    Blue World falls just off-center—not a major addition to the Coltrane canon, but certainly an addition to a major part of it. ... But the strongest moments on this offhanded, unintended artifact are remarkable even by the standards of this band at this juncture, and the historical record will reflect that. Finally, the cat’s out of the bag.
  4. Sep 27, 2019
    It makes a very attractive sampler. For fans who know that the dark, lamenting Crescent preceded it, and the legendary and hippy-hypnotising A Love Supreme followed, it’s a fascinating hybrid of Coltrane’s song-based earlier methods, and his incandescently devotional late period.
  5. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2019
    It's an absorbing listen. [Nov 2019, p.108
  6. Q Magazine
    Sep 27, 2019
    The shimmering versions of past highlights and the exhilarating title track offer a fascinating glimpse of where Coltrane was headed next. [Nov 2019, p.119]
  7. Sep 30, 2019
    While completely enjoyable, Blue World's true value perhaps lies in revealing the quartet encountering this older material with a fully developed musical character, and changing its shapes, accents, colors, and textures according to its own expressive signature. These versions differ (often significantly) from previously issued ones, making Blue World a necessary addendum to the recognized historical record to be sure. But just as importantly, it adds another very satisfying entry to the music libraries of Coltrane's legions of fans.

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