Recorded a decade ago at the legendary Clinton Recording Studios in NYC for the BBC Radio 3 show Jazz on 3, produced by Somethin’ Else, the newly revealed session commemorates the semi-centennial of Coltrane’s passing on July 17, 1967 with a seven-tune repertoire that covers each significant creative stage of Coltrane’s recorded legacy. Compassion is Resonance’s follow-up release to the acclaimed John Coltrane recording Offering: Live at Temple University from 2014, which featured Grammy Award- winning liner notes by Ashley Kahn.
It was in late June 2007 that NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman received a call from Robert Abel, Managing Partner of the UK creative agency Somethin’ Else, to produce a show for the BBC Radio 3’s popular program Jazz on 3. Noting that July 17, 2007 marked the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane’s passing, Robert asked if he could bring in Saxophone Summit, Liebman’s outfit co-led with Grammy Award-winner Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane, to record an all-Coltrane program for the show. With the recording date just a few weeks away, Liebman managed to assemble regular members Lovano, Phil Markowitz, and Billy Hart along with Ron McClure as a substitute for the unavailable Cecil McBee. Recorded on June 22, 2007, almost forty years to the day after John Coltrane’s death, the quintet laid down 50+ fascinating minutes of music that showcases the breadth of John Coltrane relatively short but momentous musical legacy.