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John Coltrane - A Love Supreme | The Complete Masters 3LP

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Impulse!

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme | The Complete Masters 3LP

$90.00

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Note: An audiophile 45rpm version of this album is also available here.

Generally regarded as John Coltrane’s greatest work and often listed amongst the greatest jazz albums of all time - this 3LP Complete Masters version celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original album release, and finally collects all the previously unavailable outtakes, overdubs, and studio chatter from the session.

"An all-time classic expanded to include unreleased sextet recordings from Coltrane's personal tapes; 32-page booklet with the artist's musical notations, rare images and an essay by Ashley Kahn"

Merely mention the name John Coltrane and you’re likely to evoke a deeply emotional, often spiritual response from even the most casual jazz fan.

John Coltrane, also known as "Trane" (1926 – 1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least 50 recording sessions during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.

Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. He influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant tenor saxophonists in jazz history. He received many awards, among them a posthumous Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2007 for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz". - JohnColtrane.com

A Love Supreme is a studio album recorded by John Coltrane's quartet in December 1964 and released by Impulse! Records in February 1965.

It is generally considered to be Coltrane's greatest work, as it melded the hard bop sensibilities of his early career with the modal jazz and free jazz styles he adopted later.

In 2016, the album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry due to its "cultural, historic, or artistic significance." 

The quartet recorded the album in one session on December 9, 1964, at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Coltrane's home in Dix Hills, Long Island, has been suggested as the site of inspiration for A Love Supreme. Coltrane's exposure to Ahmadiyya Islam has also been suggested as a source of influence.

The album is a four-part suite, broken up into tracks: "Acknowledgement" (which contains the mantra that gave the suite its name), "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm." It is intended to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity, and expresses the artist's deep gratitude as he admits to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by a spiritual higher power. Coltrane plays exclusively tenor on all parts.

The album begins with the bang of a gong (tam-tam), followed by cymbal washes. Jimmy Garrison follows on bass with the four-note motif which structures the entire movement. Coltrane's solo follows. Besides soloing upon variations of the motif, at one point Coltrane repeats the four notes over and over in different transpositions. After many repetitions, the motif becomes the vocal chant "A Love Supreme", sung by Coltrane (accompanying himself via overdubs).

In the final movement, Coltrane performs what he calls a "musical narration" (Lewis Porter describes it as a "wordless 'recitation'") of a devotional poem he included in the liner notes. That is, Coltrane "plays" the words of the poem on saxophone, but does not actually speak them. Some scholars have suggested that this performance is a homage to the sermons of African-American preachers. The poem (and, in his own way, Coltrane's solo) ends with the cry "Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank you God. Amen."

Source(s): Verve, Wiki

Read more about John Coltrane here.

Features:

  • 3LP Set
  • Unreleased sextet recordings from Coltrane's personal tapes
  • 20 page booklet with artist's musical notations
  • Rare image and essay by Ashley Kahn

Musicians:

  • John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
  • Jimmy Garrison, bass
  • Elvin Jones, drums
  • McCoy Tyner, piano

 

  

Track list:

The Original Stereo LP

 

A1

Part I - Acknowledgement

7:42

A2

Part II - Resolution

7:20

B1

Part III - Pursuance

10:41

B2

Part IV - Psalm

7:05

The Quartet Session: December 9, 1964

 

C1

Part III - Persuance

10:42

C2

Part IV - Psalm

7:02

D1

Part I - Acknowledgement Vocal Overdub 2

2:00

D2

Part I - Acknowledgement Vocal Overdub 3

2:05

D3

Part II - Resolution Take 4 / Alternate

7:25

D4

Part II - Resolution Take 6 / Breakdown

2:13

D5

Part IV - Psalm Undubbed Version

6:59

The Sextet Session: December 10, 1964

 

E1

Part I - Acknowlegement Take 1 / Alternative

9:24

E2

Part I - Acknowlegement Take 2 / Alternative

9:47

E3

Part I - Acknowlegement Take 3 / Breakdown With Studio Dialogue

1:26

F1

Part I - Acknowlegement Take 4 / Alternative

9:04

F2

Part I - Acknowlegement Take 5 / False Start

0:34

F3

Part I - Acknowlegement Take 6 / Alternative

   12:33

 

Item description:        

Artist:

John Coltrane

Title:

A Love Supreme

Label:

Impulse! / Verve / Universal Music Group

Format:

3 × Vinyl, LP, Reissue

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

This reissue: 2016 | Original issue: 1965

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Hard Bop, Post Bop, Free Jazz, Modal, Tenor Saxophone

Catalog No:

B0023911-01

Condition:

New