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A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

by John Coltrane John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

by John Coltrane 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 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

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Impulse Records
UPC: 0602498010921
catalogNumber: 000061002
Rank: 6537


  1. A Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgement
  2. A Love Supreme, Pt. 2: Resolution
  3. A Love Supreme, Pt. 3: Pursuance/Pt. 4: Psalm

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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