First Meditations (for quartet) Import
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What we do know is that he was so prolific (especially in 1965) that he maybe just didn't get around to releasing all that great music - Sun Ship and Stellar Regions as two prime examples of posthumously released works that match the quality of albums released in his lifetime...
More melodic than its brilliant dark and murky alter ego 'Meditations', each track on First Meditations reaches interstellar proportions as Coltrane takes his tenor as far as it can possibly go - listen to the slow build up in 'Love' where each note twists, turns and writhes to the ultimate point of no return....this fire and passion is all absorbing and doesnt let up throughout the entire suite..
Coltrane is supported by possibly the greatest rhythm section in jazz, Elvin Jones (drums), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass)..
Listen to First Meditations and hear the John Coltrane Quartet bowing out at the peak of their powers .....their grand finale...
p.s. Its about time this album was afforded the special Impulse treatment: a remaster (if required) and a quality cardboard gatefold sleeve with new cover art perhaps?
It's a five-part suite which is best described as 'A Love Supreme Mark 2'. An alternative, longer version of one movement, 'Joy', is also included. Coltrane's playing is passionate, ecstatic and lyrical and the record displays the full range of his musical powers. McCoy Tyner is also in stunning form with inspired work from bassist, Jimmy Garrison and drummer, Elvin Jones.
'First Meditations should be given special re-issue treatment, coupled with the better known 'Meditations' which was recorded on November 23, 1965 with the addition of tenor saxophonist, Pharoah Sanders and drummer Rashied Ali.
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I recommend 'First Meditations' over the later released 'Meditations'. This album is just perfect - hauntingly beautiful, yearning, searching, and other-worldly. Read morePublished on 24 April 2012 by Harry Palmer
AS my first introduction to Jazz this is great, still allowing myself to understand it but eve4n with my amature ear the sound of this cd is great!Published on 10 Jan. 2011 by Junior P
Agree with most of what others say. Astonishing that this is so overlooked, i honestly believe this is his best work.Published on 7 Oct. 2009 by zappa