A Love Supreme

Release date
19 Aug 2003
Running length
4 tracks
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1 John Coltrane Quartet - A Love Supreme (Pt. 1 Acknowledgement) 7:50 7
2 John Coltrane Quartet - A Love Supreme Part II - Resolution 7:20 2,748
3 John Coltrane Quartet - A Love Supreme Part III - Pursuance 10:44 6,412
4 John Coltrane Quartet - A Love Supreme Part IV - Psalm 7:03 4,711

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Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years (sadly, those would be his last). Recorded at the end of 1964, Trane’s classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship (not to mention his best-selling to date). From the undulatory (and classic) bassline at the intro to the last breathy notes, Trane is at the peak of his logical yet emotionally varied soloing while the rest of the group is remarkably in tune with Coltrane’s spiritual vibe. Composed of four parts, each has a thematic progression leading to an understanding of spirituality through meditation. From the beginning, “Acknowledgement” is the awakening of sorts that trails off to the famous chanting of the theme at the end, which yields to the second act, “Resolution,” an amazingly beautiful piece about the fury of dedication to a new path of understanding. “Persuance” is a search for that understanding, and “Psalm” is the enlightenment. Although he is at times aggressive and atonal, this isn’t Trane at his most adventurous (pretty much everything recorded from here on out progressively becomes much more free, and live recordings from this period are extremely spirited), but it certainly is his best attempt at the realization of concept — as the spiritual journey is made amazingly clear.

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  • dario246


    16 Jul 10:26pm Reply
  • VadiushaKomarov

    rating 10/10

    23 Jun 8:55am Reply
  • Sad_florenthine


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  • anaemic_royalty

    50th Anniversary of John Coltrane - A Love Supreme was recorded on the 9th December 1964 in one epic session. A masterpiece and a spiritual experience.

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • KrwiomoczB

    1964-12-09 - A Love Supreme... Who'd have thought fifty year ago we'd all be sittin' here drinking Château de Chasselas, listening to "A Love Supreme", eh?... From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A Love Supreme is a studio album recorded by John Coltrane's quartet in December 1964, and released by Impulse! Records in February 1965. It is generally considered to be among Coltrane's greatest works, as it melded the hard bop sensibilities of his early career with the modal jazz and free jazz styles he adopted later. The quartet recorded the album in one session on December 9, 1964, at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Coltrane's home in Dix Hills, Long Island, has been suggested as the site of inspiration for A Love Supreme... 4 stages of love according to John Coltrane: 01 - Acknowledgement, 02 - Resolution, 03 - Pursuance, 04 - Psalm... The album is as close to the ultimate (or should I say, supreme) perfection as it is humanely possible...

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kismetcow

    Dec 9 2014 is the 50th anniversary of this recording.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SimonWoerner

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • jpmoraissales

    "Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank you God. Amen." You can hear these words in the end of the Psalm part. With his sax John said this.

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X


    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • dieinterror

    masterpiece [14]

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • Nonliin

    "A Love Supreme" is pure perfection. The greatest album ever? That's probably true.

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • sakamotocross

    an eminently pleasant, listenable album. good.

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • GoatUser

    "nope, "Kind of Blue" is the best piece of art" - i.e. "I've never listened to any Jazz record except this and Kind of Blue". Blue is good, but Davis has much better albums. Vastly better.

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • AndrzFAL

    greatest drumming ever. [2]

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    greatest drumming ever.

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    That moment when you realize this is the greatest album ever.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Metaknite

    this may not be the best piece of music of all time but i'm not exaggerating when i say that it's literally perfect

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Lone__Wolf

    masterpiece [13]

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • biomorfo

    can't get enough

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Starless_313

    Masterpiece [12]

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
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