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Coltrane's live 'Offering' shakes the room
Coltrane's live 'Offering' shakes the room

The two-disc "Offering" practically begins mid-sentence, with John Coltrane already into the opening number "Naima" before the engineer for Temple University's WRTI radio station could hit the "record" button. Just nine months away from his death of liver cancer in 1967, Coltrane was still a step ahead. Here, in a sprawling and rapturous concert during Coltrane's divisive late period, he set aside his "classic quartet" for fiery and expressive free playing, setting a new course for avant-garde jazz. With three of the album's five tracks stretching past 20 minutes, it's tough to break out highlights from this often-bootlegged...