A Love Supreme - The Legacy of John Coltrane

A Love Supreme - The Legacy of John Coltrane

by Turtle Island String Quartet


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A Love Supreme - The Legacy of John Coltrane

With the master's 80th birthday in mind, the Turtle Islanders pay their respects to the repertoire of the mighty Trane, adding their own custom-built tribute, "Model Train" -- which has a modal structure much like that of "Impressions" -- and a pair of numbers associated with John McLaughlin. As the album's centerpiece, "A Love Supreme" -- all four movements of it -- carries the biggest burden of expectations, and the TISQ tries to steer clear of direct comparisons, taking off on their own flights and structures after refreshing the memory with Coltrane's themes. The way the TISQ sees it, "Acknowledgment" sounds a lot like a meandering Terry Riley string quartet, while "Resolution" is more-or-less straight-ahead, and "Pursuance" briefly pursues the history of jazz violin. Only "Psalm" takes Coltrane on directly, gallantly, but with barely a fraction of their hero's spiritual fervor. Elsewhere, "Countdown" transfers the essence of Coltrane's actual solo to the violin, a virtuosic feat that Evan Price nails with apparent ease. Of all the tunes here, "Naima" would seem to be the best fit for a string quartet -- they had already recorded it before on their Metropolis album -- and so it is again in 2006.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2007
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408068423
catalogNumber: 80684
Rank: 196423

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Turtle Island String Quartet   Primary Artist,String Quartet
David Balakrishnan   Baritone Violin
Mark Summer   Cello
Evan Price   Violin
Mads Tolling   Viola

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
John McLaughlin   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Balakrishnan   Arranger,Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Stanley Clarke   Composer
Alice Coltrane   Liner Notes
John Coltrane   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Composer
Mark Summer   Arranger,Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Gus Skinas   Engineer
Evan Price   Arranger,Composer
Mads Tolling   Arranger,Composer
Thomas C. Moore   Producer,Audio Production

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