Meditations

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD reissues what was arguably the finest of the John Coltrane-Pharoah Sanders collaborations. On five diverse but almost consistently intense movements "The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost," "Compassion," "Love," "Consequences," and "Serenity", the two tenor saxophonists, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and both Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali on drums create some powerful, dense, and emotional music. Unlike some of the live jams of 1966, the passionate performances never ramble on too long and the screams and screeches fit logically into the spiritual themes. This would be the last recording of Coltrane with Tyner and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD reissues what was arguably the finest of the John Coltrane-Pharoah Sanders collaborations. On five diverse but almost consistently intense movements "The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost," "Compassion," "Love," "Consequences," and "Serenity", the two tenor saxophonists, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and both Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali on drums create some powerful, dense, and emotional music. Unlike some of the live jams of 1966, the passionate performances never ramble on too long and the screams and screeches fit logically into the spiritual themes. This would be the last recording of Coltrane with Tyner and Jones.
All Music Guide
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: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517920378
  • Catalog Number: 001240502
  • Sales rank: 39,088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost (12:51)
  2. 2 Compassion (6:49)
  3. 3 Love (8:09)
  4. 4 Consequences (9:12)
  5. 5 Serenity (3:29)
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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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