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All Music Guide - Sam Samuelson
Easily 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 his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years sadly, those would be his last. Recorded at the end of 1964, Trane's classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship not to mention his best-selling to date. From the undulatory and classic bassline at the intro to the last breathy notes, Trane is...
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All Music Guide - Sam Samuelson
Easily 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 his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years sadly, those would be his last. Recorded at the end of 1964, Trane's classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship not to mention his best-selling to date. From the undulatory and classic bassline at the intro to the last breathy notes, Trane is at the peak of his logical yet emotionally varied soloing while the rest of the group is remarkably in tune with Coltrane's spiritual vibe. Composed of four parts, each has a thematic progression leading to an understanding of spirituality through meditation. From the beginning, "Acknowledgement" is the awakening of sorts that trails off to the famous chanting of the theme at the end, which yields to the second act, "Resolution," an amazingly beautiful piece about the fury of dedication to a new path of understanding. "Persuance" is a search for that understanding, and "Psalm" is the enlightenment. Although he is at times aggressive and atonal, this isn't Trane at his most adventurous pretty much everything recorded from here on out progressively becomes much more free, and live recordings from this period are extremely spirited, but it certainly is his best attempt at the realization of concept -- as the spiritual journey is made amazingly clear. A Love Supreme clocks in at just over 30 minutes, but if it had been any longer it could have turned into a laborious listen. As it stands, just enough is conveyed. It is almost impossible to imagine a world without A Love Supreme having been made, and it is equally impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458959625
  • Catalog Number: 589596
  • Sales rank: 27,268

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Indexed Contributor
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, Mastering
George Gray Cover Design
Peter Keepnews Notes Editing
Kevin Reeves Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BEAUTY DEFINED BY SOUND

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not & neither

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best!!

    A must-have for everyone who likes jazz!!!As a tenor player myself, this album is everything I love!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Christian's expression of thanks and praise!

    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.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #3: My Love Supreme

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ALL PRAISE DUE

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Supreme is Coltrane's finest

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unbelievable

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    why...

    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.

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