Meditations

Meditations

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by John Coltrane
     
 

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The year 1965 was a turning point in the life of John Coltrane. It was at this point that he crossed the line into the free jazz arena that he had been approaching since the early '60s. Besides his landmark Ascension, no album better illustrates this than the awe-inspiring Meditations. Coltrane's regular quartet -- McCoy TynerSee more details below

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The year 1965 was a turning point in the life of John Coltrane. It was at this point that he crossed the line into the free jazz arena that he had been approaching since the early '60s. Besides his landmark Ascension, no album better illustrates this than the awe-inspiring Meditations. Coltrane's regular quartet -- McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums) -- is expanded here with second drummer Rashied Ali (who assumed Jones' spot after this album) and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. This conglomeration produces some dense textures, especially in the epic first track "The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost." This sonic hurricane is a 13-minute outpouring of spiritual emotion that is at once compelling and exhausting. Elsewhere, the group delicately follows Coltrane's lead on the passionate "Love" and swings with abandon on the raucous "Consequences" as Sanders and 'Trane battle like warriors above the churning rhythm section. Finally, the aptly titled "Serenity" is a swirling free-form improvisation gently touching back down to earth after an adventurous ride through the heavens.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517920378
catalogNumber:
001240502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Percussion,Tenor Saxophone
Rashied Ali   Drums
Elvin Jones   Drums
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Pharoah Sanders   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone,Tambourine,Bells

Technical Credits

Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Kevin Reeves   Mastering
Bob Thiele   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Alba Acevedo   Graphic Design
Joe Lebow   Liner Design
Robert Flynn   Cover Design
Charles Shabacon   Cover Photo
Joe Lewbow   Liner Design

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