Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

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by John Coltrane
     
 

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One of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing, that at once compiled all of the innovations from his past, spoke to the current of deep spirituality that liberated him from addictions to drugs and alcohol, and glimpsed at the future innovations of his final two and a half years. Recorded over two days

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One of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing, that at once compiled all of the innovations from his past, spoke to the current of deep spirituality that liberated him from addictions to drugs and alcohol, and glimpsed at the future innovations of his final two and a half years. Recorded over two days in December 1964, Trane's classic quartet--Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison-- stepped into the studio and created one of the most the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship. From the undulatory (and classic) bassline at the intro to the last breathy notes, Trane is at the peak of his logical and emotionally varied soloing, while the rest of the group is completely atttuned to his spiritual vibe. Composed of four parts, each has a thematic progression. "Acknowledgement" is the awakening to a spiritual life from the darkness of the world; it trails off with the saxophonist chanting the suite's title. "Resolution" is an amazingly beautiful, somewhat turbulent segment. It portrays the dedication required for discovery on the path toward spiritual understanding. "Pursuance" searches deeply for that experience, while "Psalm" portrays that discovery and the realization of enlightenment with humility. Although sometimes aggressive and dissonant, this isn't Coltrane at his most furious or adventurous. His recordings following this period--studio and live-- become progressively untethered and extremely spirited. A Love Supreme not only attempts but realizes the ambitious undertaking of Coltrane's concept; his emotional, searching, sometimes prayerful journey is made abundantly clear. Clocking in at 33 minutes; A Love Supreme conveys much without overstatement. It is almost impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it. ~ Sam Samuelson and Thom Jurek

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Impulse Records
UPC:
0602498010921
catalogNumber:
000061002
Rank:
2817

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones   Drums
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano

Technical Credits

John Coltrane   Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
George Gray   Cover Design
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Bob Thiele   Producer,Cover Photo,Original Cover Photography
Jason Claiborne   Graphic Design
Victor Kalin   Illustrations,Paintings
Hollis King   Art Direction
Joe Lebow   Liner Design
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Bryan Koniarz   Reissue Producer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer,Reissue Producer

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A Love Supreme 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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why does all true jazz sound so utterly confusing? it sounds as though he is trying to make up his mind... coltrane, parker... they all sound so lost until later in their careers... or lives. the polished jazz is so soothing. the early jazz is just confusing. i prefer the solid blues if i had to choose... luckily, i do not have to choose. i can play it ALL whenever i choose. God Bless Coltrane for taking his brilliant journey through his life's and music's ups and downs, and for allowing us to join him... perpetually through the confusion to HOPEFULLY find HARMONY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definetely Coltrane's best album. It swings hard with overpowering energy but remains perfect to each note. One of the best jazz albums ever made.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this album through Spike Lee's movie ''Mo Better Blues''...from the minute I heard it I was in love and had to have the album....Each different version of the song takes you to a different place and vibe...I HIGHLY recommend it to others who have yet to experience Coltrane fully..this is the perfect introduction to a perfect musician.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A gigantic composition split into 4 parts, how nice. Slow and easy and very relaxing, that's the best way to describe this album. It also has the same lineup from Ballads, another great Trane album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful album, perhaps the best jazz ever produced. (Contrary to a previous review, Coltrane was a born-again Christian when he wrote this, not Muslim.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must-have for everyone who likes jazz!!!As a tenor player myself, this album is everything I love!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
He had a Christian background, but was neither a 'born again' Christian NOR a Muslim when he wrote this. Please read the liner notes by his son Ravi Coltrane before you argue with me. He was apparently into the occult, i.e. numerology, etc. Great album too.
bigdave37 More than 1 year ago
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT 'A LOVE SUPREME'. YES IT IS A BRILLIANT PEICE OF MUSICAL LITERATURE. WHAT IT DOES TO ME IS TAKES ME TO A DIFFERENT PLACE EMOTIONALLY EACH TIME I HEAR IT. A FAILED ROMANCE. A NEW LOVE. THE JOY AND PAIN OF LIFE. ONE NEVER TIRES OF THIS MUSIC. IF YOU LOVE MUSIC, NOT JAZZ MUSIC, BUT IF YOU JUST LOVE WHAT MUSIC REALLY DOES FOR THE SOUL; THEN YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS.
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It is so rare, especially these days, to come across an arist with a sense of humility to them. It is even more rare to come across an artist that imparts that humility in their music. In 1964, John Coltrane was that artist. With ''A Love Supreme'', Coltrane created was is arguably the greatest jazz album ever made(sorry, ''Kind of Blue'' fanatics). What was so amazing about this record was that it was so simple, due to the fact that Coltrane was giving praise to Allah for all of his acomplishments. Therefore, he was able to put his very heart and soul into every note and inflection. The result is an album divided into three parts; the Acknowledgement, the Resolution, and the Pursuance. This is truly classic material that people of any genre can come to enjoy.