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Track Listing
1. On a Misty Night
2. Village Blues
3. 26-2
4. Naima
5. Impressions
6. Acknowledgement / Resolution (Movements 1 & 2 from A Love Supreme)
Pat Labarbera & Kirk MacDonald Quintet
Trane Of Thought, Live At The Rex
Cellar Live
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Price £10.99
After Pat LaBarbera shone with Buddy Rich and other big bands, in 1975, Elvin Jones chose Pat to play tenor and soprano sax in his band. This was hugely symbolic given that Jones was the propulsive drummer most closely associated with Coltrane. That was around the time when Kirk MacDonald, who is 15 years Pat's junior, was in Cape Breton discovering Coltrane on record. "For me, John Coltrane's music was there almost from the beginning, from when I first started listening to jazz music when I was a kid," says Kirk, another tenor man who has gone on to have an exceptional career.

Pat and Kirk both ended up in Toronto. Kirk studied with Pat at Humber College, and years later they became colleagues on Humber's faculty. The idea emerged of jointly doing a tribute to Coltrane, which they inaugurated in 1992 at the Pilot. The following year, Kirk and Pat started a tradition of doing an annual tribute at the Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar around the time of Coltrane's birthday on September 23. More than 25 years later, the tribute is still a vital, much-loved event.

Coltrane's repertoire was vast, and Kirk and Pat have amassed a songbook of about 130 tunes they've played in the tribute. The difficulty of deciding what to include in the album could have been daunting, but they struck a thoughtful balance, including early Trane, landmark songs, and more obscure ones.