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5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Supreme -- John Coltane, 1 May 2010
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Mr. William F. E. Mann "WUFA" (Worcester, England) - See all my reviews
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The most well known of Coltrane's works, Pure emotion & thanks giving for his life & work. recorded on one day in Rudy Van Gelders studio (10th Dec. 1964). This is a must for all lovers of Coltrane.
Recommend reading Ashley Khans' book of the recording & explanation of how it was developed as a thanks giving to God for bringing him through the troughs of addiction & alcaholism to a better life. Great bass by Jimmy Garrison, piano with McCoy Turner & Elvin Jones drumming are all so well integrated.
A real emotion puller but not for "traddies"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane Classic, 21 Dec 2013
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It's a wonderful CD showcasing one of Americas finest and most expressive musicians. The quartet are together in a way that can only come through playing and listening to each other for a long time. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost for words, 23 Jun 2013
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This is essential music. Mysterious, compelling, intense; none of my adjectives mean anything, Its probably best if we don't speak about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A WORK OF ART", 15 May 2013
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"A Love Supreme" is a superb record. I see it more as a work of art or a piece of art rather than just music. Had he lived god only know where Coltrane's music would have headed but I am sure he would have broken more & more barriers.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic, 3 May 2010
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Robin Friedman (Washington, D.C. United States) - See all my reviews
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John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" is a classic of American music in any genre. Recorded in 1965 on Impulse! the album features Coltrane's quartet consisting of Coltrane on tenor sax, Jimmy Garrison, double bass, Elvin jones, drums, and McCoy Tyner, piano. "A Love Supreme" is a highly-integrated, intense work of about 33 minutes in four parts titled Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, and Psalm. In its emotional depth, musical complexity, and spirituality, "A Love Supreme" takes jazz to an extraordinary musical level.

This music has deservedly become iconic even for listeners who know little about jazz or Coltrane. In its passion and wildness, it is music that shows its 1960s origins while surmounting them. This is highly spiritual music which Coltrane created after overcoming a long drug addiction. The religious character of the piece is apparent on even a casual hearing, but there is nothing sectarian in the work. The music is both personal and universal.

The work ranges from the meditative to the searching to the ecstatic. There are long, intricate and complex solos by Coltrane throughout, most of which vary a four-note phrase stated at the opening of the music and then chanted at the end of the first part as a mantra to the words "A Love Supreme." The work uses the entire range of Coltrane's sax and more as he overblows and shrieks to suggest his spiritual quest. The work ends with a slow Psalm, with Coltrane moving to a mystical close. Each of the quartet members also have incandescent solos in the work, especially the percussion of Jones in the second and third parts, Tyner's piano in "Pursuance" and Garrison's long bass solo which opens "Psalm." The third and fourth parts of the work tend to run together without pause as I hear them although some listeners hear them as separate, discrete sections.

I listen to and review a good deal of American classical music on Amazon. It offers insights into the American experience that sometimes are overlooked. Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" is an inspiring masterpiece in a distinctly American art form. I loved revisiting "A Love Supreme" which stands easily with the best accomplishments of American art.

Robin Friedman
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Step, 19 Jan 2011
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OK, so you think that you want to explore jazz music. You've already bought Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' and you, like most of the world apart from a few miseries, find that pretty cool. This is what comes next. But like James Bond's martini, it comes 'shaken not stirred' ie it's less of a comfortable listen. If you like this there's a whole world of modern jazz to investigate. If it doesn't at least you can leave it lying around at home to impress your friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane invents modern jazz, 21 July 2014
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It's just too short. JC invents modern jazz. A Jazz Collection Essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant, 31 Aug 2014
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Patrick T (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant. Epically 'the Hymn' good quality.
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