Offering: Live at Temple University

Offering: Live at Temple University
A blurred photo of Coltrane playing saxophone onstage
Live album by John Coltrane
Released September 23, 2014 (2014-09-23)
Recorded November 11, 1966
Venue Mitten Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genre Free jazz[1]
Language Instrumental, English
Label Resonance
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Offering: Live at Temple University

Offering: Live at Temple University is a 2014 live album released posthumously by John Coltrane on Resonance Records. The album was recorded from original master reels stored by WRTI-FM. Proceeds from the album benefit the John Coltrane Home.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork Media[3]

The album was given a mixed review by Geoff Dyer of The New York Review of Books, calling the moments of extreme experimentation "a bit daft—which is not to say they are without value".[1] Mark Richardson of Pitchfork Media gave the album an 8.5 out of 10, praising the experimentation, calling it "almost unbearably intense" but with beautiful solos by percussionist Rashied Ali.[3] AllMusic reviewer Matt Collar placed the album in context of Coltrane's career, calling it "a live culmination of Coltrane's musical journey, a homecoming and spiritual communion with the deep, creative forces that drove him right until the end of his life".[2]

Track listing

All songs written by Coltrane, unless otherwise noted

  1. "Naima" – 16:28
  2. "Crescent – 26:11
  3. "Leo" – 21:29
  4. "Offering" – 4:19
  5. "My Favorite Things" (Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers) – 23:18


Operating at equivalent levels of invention and energy are three members of his working quintet of one year’s standing his wife, Alice Coltrane, on piano; Pharoah Sanders on reeds and flute; and Rashied Ali on drums.

John Coltrane Quintet
Additional musicians
Technical personnel


  1. 1 2 Dyer, Geoff (October 4, 2014). "Catastrophic Coltrane". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  2. 1 2 Collar, Matt. "Offering: Live at Temple University – John Coltrane – Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  3. 1 2 Richardson, Mark (October 28, 2014). "John Coltrane Offering: Live at Temple University". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
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