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Now, after the tapes have finally come to light, we can hear 'Blue World? / UK VIBE

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Now, after the tapes have finally come to light, we can hear these performances in their entirety, along with other songs and alternate takes from the session. In all there are three versions of ‘Village Blues', two of ‘Naima', and one each of ‘Like Sonny', ‘Traneing In' and the title tune, ‘Blue World'.

‘Blue World' is described in the liner notes as a "contrafact" of ‘Out Of This World', the Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer song that Trane famously recorded on the ‘Coltrane' album for Impulse! The term "contrafact" is used to describe an original tune that is based on the chord changes of an existing standard tune. So, for instance, Sonny Rollins' ‘Oleo' is based on the changes of the Gershwins' ‘I Got Rhythm', so it's a contrafact of ‘I Got Rhythm'. But in the case of ‘Blue World', this isn't entirely true. When Trane originally recorded ‘Out Of This World' he dispensed with the chord changes and turned it into a modal tune with a bridge. In this newly discovered version we hear the quartet playing the modal arrangement from the ‘Coltrane' album version, but at a slower, deeper pace. But Trane doesn't play Arlen's melody, instead, he plays his own lines, sometimes hinting at parts of the melody as if to tease us, and they don't play the bridge. So we end up with an entirely original piece of music and one worthy of having its own title and composer.

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