Thing of rare beauty

(Pun intended — Ornette Coleman on sax.)

What do you think?

My favourite jazz reviewer is Scott Yanow. But today I found out that I strongly disagree — for the first time — with one of his reviews.

The review of John Coltrane’s “Live at the Village Vanguard Again!” says:

John Coltrane plays […] with great beauty on “Naima,” but Pharoah Sanders’ ferocious screeching […] largely ruins the almost-sacred ballad.

In my opinion, the contrast between mellow Coltrane’s tones and severe aggressiveness of Sanders brings the colour to the piece which otherwise would be unbearably boring in this format. What do you think?