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”.
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
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.
Click here to read the article.Jazz Master, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, National Endowment for the Arts, NEA