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Audio: John Coltrane — “A Love Supreme”

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A Love Supreme is a studio album by American jazz saxophonist and bandleader John Coltrane. He recorded the album with his quartet—featuring pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones—in one session on December 9, 1964, at 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 the composition. His exposure to Ahmadiyya Islam has also been suggested as a source of influence.

Released by Impulse! Records in January 1965, A Love Supreme became a top-selling album for Coltrane and one of jazz’s most critically acclaimed recordings. It has often been viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time, a deeply spiritual work, and Coltrane’s masterpiece.

The composition is a four-part suite, broken up into tracks: “Acknowledgement” (which contains the mantra that gave the suite its name), “Resolution”, “Pursuance”, and “Psalm”. It is intended to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity, and expresses the artist’s deep gratitude as he admits to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by a spiritual higher power.

Source for text: Wikipedia.

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