A beautiful tribute to the late John Coltrane – presented here in a double-length set of recordings taken from a special performance at London's Cafe Oto! The core talent here is tenorist Paul Dunmall
– who plays on most of the selections and does a really fantastic job of evoking the spirit and power of Coltrane, while also showing how much his influence has continued to transform in the five decades since his passing. Dunmall
works with his Sun Ship Quartet that includes Howard Cottle on second tenor, Olie Brice on bass, and Anthony Bianco on drums – on versions of "Amen", "Dearly Beloved", and "Sun Ship" – all of which have a very different vibe with this two-sax lineup! The group is then augmented by the presence of Alan Skidmore
on a third tenor, while Dunmall
picks up a soprano too – on versions of "Attaining" and "Ascent". The set also features an original tune – "May There Be Peace & Love & Perfection Throughout All Creation O God" – by the trio of Julie Kjaer
on flute, and Mark Wastell and Stale Liavik Solberg on percussion. And the set concludes with a reading of "Ascension" that includes all the players united together!