Format: Compact Disc
Released Date: August 26, 2003
Style: Jazz Instrument
Number of Discs: 1
Originally Released: 1965
Label Name: GRP
1.Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgement
2.Love Supreme, Pt. 2: Resolution
3.Love Supreme, Pt. 3: Pursuance
4.Love Supreme, Pt. 4: Psalm
Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); McCoy Tyner (piano);
Jimmy Garrison (acoustic bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Producer: Bob Thiele.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on
December 9, 1964. Includes liner notes by John Coltrane and Michael
Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by Erick Labson.
A LOVE SUPREME is the essential example of the genius of John
Coltrane. In what has become the apotheosis of jazz music, this
eminently accessible work bridges the gap between music and
spirituality, between art and life. With the ultimate incarnation
of the jazz quartet, Coltrane brings together all of his turbulent
elements into a cohesive paean to spirituality, one which is fully
appreciable by the uninitiated.
A LOVE SUPREME is a 33-minute work divided into four movements.
"Acknowledgment" starts the album with a heraldic summoning from
Coltrane's tenor saxophone, full and joyous, which approximates the
tone of the prayer he provides in the album's liner notes. The solo
that follows reveals an artist whose spiritual depth and emotional
urgency are matched by an adherence to logic and a resolve to
achieve one goal above all--communication. Each simple musical
statement is either followed by a motivic development or countered
with a conversational response. Coltrane climaxes with a distilled
four-note motif echoing the album's title, which he plays with by
sequencing it through a wide array of tonalities. Finally, the band
comes in, reiterating this idea, chanting the mantra "A Love
"Acknowledgment" is followed by the torrential release of
"Resolution," whose melody Coltrane fervently states to the
animated accompaniment of his superb rhythm section. Laying the
groundwork is drummer Elvin Jones, who approximates the effect of
multiple percussionists feeding off of each other, creating an
enormous texture of rhythm. McCoy Tyner's colorful piano clusters
act as gusts of wind supporting Trane's soaring expressions.
Bassist Jimmy Garrision takes the low road, keeping everyone on
track. With support like this, Coltrane is free to explore the
uncharted depths of his soul. On "Resolution," we can hear the very
fabric of Trane's voice being stretched to the limit, as if even
the horn which he has mastered is not a worthy enough vehicle for
this man's spirit.
The rousing "Pursuance" features some vigorously swinging playing
from Tyner, furiously followed by Coltrane's climaxes in an
inspired hurling of ideas. Bassist Garrison brings us to A LOVE
SUPREME's conclusion, an extended "Psalm" that acts as a resolved
denouement in which Trane slowly muses over a lush bed of tranquil
sounds--almost as if he were reflecting upon the wisdom achieved at
this apex of his spiritual journey. Although the music is slowed,
the level of intensity is maintained, as if we've reached a plateau
upon which we may ponder what is pronounced in the liner notes,
"Elation--Elegance--Exaltation--All from God." Via John Coltrane.