The John Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones in 1963.
The amount of music available on YouTube is ridiculous, and to think that a lot of these rare videos used to be passed around on VHS like Soviet era samizdat… Now it’s all there at the click of a mouse. That’s a good thing, and I get the feeling when I talk to younger musicians that they’ve seen everything. This one is particularly powerful – a direct musical comment on the Birmingham church bombing. So direct and focused, simple and complex all at once. One of Coltrane’s finest pieces.