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1964 - John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

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01 - Acknowledgement.mp3 00:00:00
02 - Resolution.mp3 00:07:43
03 - Pursuance.mp3 00:15:03
04 - Psalm.mp3 00:25:46
05 - Introduction By Andre Francis.mp3 00:32:49
06 - Acknowledgement (Live).mp3 00:34:03
07 - Resolution (Live).mp3 00:40:15
08 - Pursuance (Live).mp3 00:51:52
09 - Psalm (Live).mp3 01:13:23
10 - Resolution (Alt Take).mp3 01:22:12
11 - Resolution (Breakdown).mp3 01:29:37
12 - Acknowledgement (Alt Take).mp3 01:31:50
13 - Acknowledgement (Alt Take).mp3 01:41:00

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 A Love Supreme. 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.

A Love Supreme 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. Coltrane plays exclusively tenor on all parts.

The album begins with the bang of a gong (tam-tam), followed by cymbal washes. Jimmy Garrison follows on bass with the four-note motif which structures the entire movement. Coltrane's solo follows. Besides soloing upon variations of the motif, at one point Coltrane repeats the four notes over and over in different transpositions. After many repetitions, the motif becomes the vocal chant "A Love Supreme", sung by Coltrane (accompanying himself via overdubs).

In the final movement, Coltrane performs what he calls a "musical narration" (Lewis Porter describes it as a "wordless 'recitation'") of a devotional poem he included in the liner notes. That is, Coltrane "plays" the words of the poem on saxophone, but does not actually speak them. Some scholars have suggested that this performance is a homage to the sermons of African-American preachers. The poem (and, in his own way, Coltrane's solo) ends with the cry "Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank you God. Amen."

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