Tuesday, June 7, 2011
A Love Supreme - Spiritual Guidance
This album by John Coltrane, released in 1965, remains his defining moment in his career.
Coltrane, at this point in his life after all the drugs and fast life, sobered up, and found the light that is God. He portrayed his love for God through this album. And thus the journey begins.
Spread across 4 tracks, and all recorded in one session, is a testament to his hard-bop influences and free-jazz, a style he would later expand upon immensely until his death in the late 60's. This album is not just a jazz album; it is a step towards enlightenment. This album has to be heard and felt.
The first track, "Acknowledgement", sets the tone, a mellow sound, with Coltrane towards the end of the song, chants "A Love Supreme" with overdubbed vocals, the only time his voice is heard on a recording.
"Resolution" & "Pursuance" have extended piano solos, and the tenor sax of Coltrane brings out the excitement in these uptempo tracks.
"Pslam" is the most poetic; he wrote out a poem to God, and then played the sax NOTE FOR NOTE in the syllables of the poem. Love through music... not words. A Love Supreme.
It is with this work that John Coltrane was immortalized and named a Saint by the African Orthodox Church... the miracle of bringing music and the listener to love God.
Get this album now... rated 47 in Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of All Time.
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 12:02 PM