Exposé Online banner

John Coltrane — Offering - Live at Temple University
(Impulse B0019632-02, 1966/2014, 2CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2016-08-11

Offering - Live at Temple University Cover art

As I write, I'm somewhere in the middle of "Leo" on the second disc. It's a fascinating recording overall, possibly due in part to the proceedings being in Coltrane's hometown. It not only includes his band of the time, featuring Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and Rashied Ali, but also seems to have a lot of guests in the proceedings stepping up at various points, including a lot of drumming. It's not even particularly similar to his albums of the time like Live in Japan or Seattle, although a lot of the base material is the same. It almost seems like at times the songs are just named because of the opening phrases before the moment allows each musician to improvise from how the energy is flowing. In particular Pharoah's solo in "Crescent" almost had all of my hair standing on end from the intensity of it.


Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases, 1966 recordings

Related artist(s): John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cro Magnon - Zapp! – An interesting newcomer in the 'Chamber Music Rock' subgenre, this is a Belgian five piece featuring a lineup of dual violins, keyboards, alto and baritone saxes, and bass. Naturally, as might be...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues