In the spring of 1965, the streets of Haight-Ashbury resounded with music that spoke to the momentous changes afoot in American culture. As Phil Lesh, the bassist in an acid-rock band soon to be rechristened the Grateful Dead, recalled to writer Ashley Kahn, “You’d be walking, and somebody’d be playing ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ … and another time it was ‘A Love Supreme.’ It was all just coming out of people’s windows.” To read the entire article – click here
In recognition of this historic recording and a milestone in the work of McCoy Tyner, we will post any stories we come across that tells the story behind the John Coltrane Quartet’s “A Love Supreme”.A Love Supreme, John Coltrane, John Coltrane Quartet's "A Love Supreme"
John Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme 50 years ago today, December 9, 1964, with Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison. The album, a four-part suite widely considered to be one of the greatest in jazz history, was released in 1965. As NPR notes, Coltrane presented this record as “a spiritual declaration that his musical devotion was now intertwined with his faith in God.” Coltrane performed the album in its entirety but a single time, in Antibes, France, on July 26, 1965. Watch the first 14 minutes of that performance and see the article in Esquire by clicking here.A Love Supreme, A Love Supreme Live, John Coltrane
John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” is a prayer—a pan-religious offering to God sent by a man who has been through the ringer of drug abuse, infidelity, and fame, a man who would die only three years later of liver cancer at the age of 40. The album hovers with Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” in the rarefied air of jazz albums that have fundamentally shifted the pop culture Zeitgeist.
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JAZZ musicians, through several sources and influences, the most obvious being through personal visits to Africa, have successfully imbibed the universality of Black Music. Click here to read the article.
Steinway & Sons and their premier south Louisiana dealer, Hall Piano Company, are bringing the Living Legends Tour to the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish Public Libraries on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 6:30PM. These pianos have felt the touch of some of the world’s greatest living legends, including Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Allen Toussaint, Harry Connick, Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Diana Krall, Fred Hersch, Lang Lang, Regina Spektor, Jason Moran, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, David Benoit, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and more!
For more information regarding the Living Legends Tour or available services, contact Emily McWilliams at emilym(at)hallpiano(dot)com or call 504.733.TUNE. Read the entire article-click here.Allen Toussaint, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, David Benoit, Diana Krall, Emanuel Ax, Fred Hersch, Harry Connick, Jason Moran, Jr., Keith Jarrett, Lang Lang, McCoy Tyner, Ramsey Lewis, Regina Spektor, Steinway & Sons, Steinway & Sons Living Legends Tour, Yefim Bronfman
McCoy and Aisha were interviewed by Dr. Anthony Brown for the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program. This is a must read for true McCoy fans as well and Jazz fans in general. Read about the early days in Philly, and how McCoy met John and was encouraged to play with him by Miles.
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