Coltrane's high water mark of spiritual searching, where `sheets of sound' and esoteric musicality merge with the spirit of the 60's beat/hippy influenced quest for inner knowledge, both free and yet beautifully structured.
As a drummer I've always enjoyed this album as much for the interaction of the sublime rhythm section as for Coltrane's own kaleidoscopic psychedelic explosiveness. I also love the endearingly off-key mumbling of the vocal refrain "A Love Supreme". Elvin Jones is just incredible, as are Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner (I saw Tyner in the early 90's in Cambridge, and he was still ploughing the furrow first broken by this band way back in the mid-sixties, and even then - as now - it sounded fresh, vigourous, vital, transformative, exciting).
Jazz isn't dead, it's there in the ether, waiting for you to connect with it (funny, how so much jazz went hand in hand with 'connections' of other kinds too). Coltrane and co really connect on this monumental recording, making this essential music, 'nuff said!