Album Review: A Love Supreme

 

A Love Supreme was a one shot recording, recorded on December 9, 1964 by Coltrane’s cutting-edge Hard Bop, Free Jazz Quintet. Recorded in a single session, and an alternate version of “Acknowledgement” the next day, the album has only been known to be performed once on, July 26, 1965 at the Festival Mondial du Jazz Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, France.

            I really enjoyed this album not only because it’s a beautiful piece on work, but because of the personal struggles Coltrane was experiencing at the time, and the amount of dedication he put forth. To record an album in one session, and have it become one of the greatest albums of all time is a feat not many have the privilege of doing. Coltrane was experiencing an ongoing battle with drug addiction he eventually lost, but during he managed to produce some of the most influential music, who inspired many big names in the music scene today.

 

  • John Coltranetenor saxophone, bandleader
  • McCoy Tynerpiano
  • Jimmy Garrisonbass
  • Elvin Jonesdrums
  • Archie Shepptenor saxophone (tracks 12 & 13 only)
  • Art Davisbass (tracks 12 & 13 only)
  • Bob Thieleproduction
  • Michael Cuscuna – reissue production
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    ~ by Joseph Stelmaszek on June 20, 2008.

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