John Coltrane’s legendary November 11, 1966 live Temple University performance is going to be released as a full album for the first time. The concert took place in Philadelphia almost a year before he passed away from liver cancer in 1967.
The 90-minute remastered album, Offering: Live At Temple University, will be released on September 23, which also happens to be Coltrane’s birthday. The record will be available as a double CD and a double LP along with a 24-page booklet that features liner notes by Ashley Kahn, who is the author of Coltrane’s biography A Love Supreme. Ravi Coltrane, who is John’s son, had a hand in putting together the album and it will feature Alice Coltrane on piano, Pharoah Sanders on reeds and flute, Rashied Ali on drums, and Sonny Johnson, filling in for Jimmy Garrison, on bass.
The concert performance has been bootlegged and passed around on the Internet (just check YouTube), but the quality is nothing in comparison to this forthcoming release.