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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