It’s A Supreme Jazz Work

Posted: April 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s A Supreme Jazz Album ever made.Yes no doubtly. This was a revelation when I first heard it – so contemplative, really a genre of its own.”A Love Supreme” was the masterpiece of superior jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. In my thoughts A Love Supreme remains a cultural icon: a life-changing work of art that resounds on all spiritual levels. A four-part suite about faith and redemption, it is more than a statement of piety, more even than the beautiful music contained within. A Love Supreme inspired and defined a generation, who responded to Trane’s message of universal peace and love; but you don’t have to be part of the former hippie revolution or even know anything about religion to feel the power of the music. Only the most sullen athiest would not be moved by A Love Supreme, and no musician can deny this is one of the most formidable jazz quartets of all time: holding court with Trane is his student piano virtuoso McCoy Tyner, and the rocket-fueled rhythm section of bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. It is said that before making this particular album, John Coltrane was spoken to by God; and after hearing A Love Supreme that rumour is not hard to believe at all.
John Coltrane is a clever band leader, giving the album it’s own groove.
By peeking into the liner notes, you’ll notice that the album was based on Coltrane’s life-changing religious experience he had in 1957. As being slightly agnostic yet born into a Christian family, I’d like to thank god for inspiring Mr. Coltrane making this wonderful masterpiece.A Love Supreme was the turning point recording for John Coltrane
The album is short, clocking at 32 minutes, but it’s perfect that way. The album goes fast with these 7-minute parts, and that’s a good thing.
Many listeners find this the first truly unlistenable John Coltrane album– too much for its own good, but it certainly leaves its mark.
This album was Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and The Festival Mondial Du Jazz Antibes, Juan-Les-Pins, France between December 1964 and July 1965.
The piece, as indicated by the liner notes Coltrane penned, is spiritually informed, a prayer offered to God. The music itself is based on relatively traditional structures, but Coltrane manages to juggle a number of influences and sounds– shades of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler all run through it. The suite is broken in four movements– “Acknowledgement” is patient and building, revolving around a four-note bass motif– Trane is exploratory and yearning. After a brief bass solo, this moves into the frantic “Resolution”, where Coltrane rails against his theme, turns things over to a oddly meditative yet equally frantic Tyner, and then solos himself in Monkish fashion– extrapolating off his theme and exploring the sort of spiritual ecstacy that he heard in Ayler. A brief drum solo signals the transition to “Pursuance”— Jones is full of energy and explosiveness and this sustains throughout the piece, Coltrane’s extended solo is nothing short of stunning, full of fire and energy before suddenly taming down and surrendering to Jones briefly then an astonishing solo by Garrison. Finally, the long exhale after the tension– “Psalm”, finds Coltrane meditative, almost wistful, and informed with a sense of optimistic melancholy.

1. Acknowledgement Part 1
2. Resolution Part 2
3. Pursuance Part 3
4. Psalm Part 4

  1. arif berkata:

    honestly, i am a newbie became fans of jazz music. just because, one of them, sometimes enjoy jazz mben senen at bentar abudaya jogja 😀

  2. denny sakrie berkata:

    It doesn’t matter,just enjoy it….

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