REVIEW ´ A Love Supreme The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album

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REVIEW ´ A Love Supreme The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album ´ Few albums in the canon of popular music have had the influence resonance and endurance of John Coltrane's 1965 classic A Love Supreme a record that proved jazz was a fitting medium for spiritual exploration and for the expression of the subliSicians producers friends and family members; unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison; and scores of never before seen photographs A Love Supreme balances biography cultural context and musical analysis in a passionate and revealing portrai. The idea of improvisation is not only central to jazz and the blues arguably the first truly great American musical expressions but is also central to the lives of those who originated this great art the African Americans Many jazz players can cross over to classical but not nearly as many classical players have the life experience andor skill to play jazz JazzBlues evolved out of that great art making substance called adversity and no one did it better than John Coltrane This book is about what many consider his greatest achievementThe talent involved in creating a record of this caliber is mind blowing Just think that the sound you hear on this album was done in one recording session on one evening in about 4 hours worth of total time straight to master two track with no overdubs Compare that to the typical high budget pop rock indie hip hop or even electronicdance album that can take months with countless re takes over dubs and it only adds to the mystiue of this work of art This is a much a credit to Coltrane's three bandmates as it is to the tenor man himself Jimmy Garrison McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones completed what was in effect a self contained unit of one mind derived from the African American experience where life demanded improvisationA week before I wrote this review I had the chance to hear Cornel West speak He describes himself as a jazz man a blues man a man who faced the adversities of being black This is the ultimate improvisation learning how to survive as a member of a historically oppressed minority class in this country West references Coltrane as one of his great inspirations as one of those artists that was a true original as he describes it For many though A Love Supreme was the last palatable serving in the Coltrane canon Ascension his other great piece released in 1965 was worlds ahead as far as vision and conception but was out of reach and remains out of reach for many listeners To some Ascension had crossed a line into territory that wasn't any definable genre let alone jazz But to the discerning listener it's soon realized that Coltrane was on a search filled with restlessness that shaped his entire life including his spirituality He was reaching for the ultimate expression of honoring those mystical revelations he felt as anyone who's also felt them can hear in his music Ascension was just that another higher level of the expression that he'd worked on his entire career and that truly culminated in A Love Supreme Author Ashley Kahn captures all of this intricate detail uite well and even as an agnostic honors the path of a man who was searching to better express his love of the divine As some have said about him if you're looking for popular music don't listen to Coltrane Yet the reverence in the music industry for this timeless expression of that which can't be expressed is undeniable And despite it's relatively low profile it remains one of the greatest examples of a talented musician who also happened to be at the peak of his art form his spiritual awareness and his ability to combine the two with a clarity that results in a masterpiece

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Few albums in the canon of popular music have had the influence resonance and endurance of John Coltrane's 1965 classic A Love Supreme a record that proved jazz was a fitting medium for spiritual exploration and for the expression of the sublime Bringing the same. From September 2012Seeing as how I have finally picked an avatar for this site and it happens to be Coltrane I should review this book I picked up on him long ago that documents the man and the making of one of the greatest musical compositions ever I'm not gonna say beyond recommending that you listen to the album no matter your musical or spiritual taste This book is a very good companion to it and really sets you up for better appreciation of it

SUMMARY A Love Supreme The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album

A Love Supreme The Story of John Coltrane's Signature AlbumFresh and engaging approach that characterized his critically acclaimed Kind of Blue The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece Ashley Kahn tells the story of the genesis creation and aftermath of this classic recording Featuring interviews with than one hundred mu. uintessential read for the Coltrane lovers