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December 14, 2014 / robinswood

50 Years of “A Love Supreme”



In a recent post on the NPR website, Arun Rath launched into his piece celebrating the 50th anniversary of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme by observing that “For people across musical boundaries and cultures — for Carlos Santana, Bono, Joni Mitchell, Steve Reich, Bootsy Collins, Gil Scott-Heron — hearing A Love Supreme was a revelation.” “A Love Supreme, Rath continued, “is Coltrane’s ultimate spiritual testament: The “love supreme” he describes is God’s love. When I first heard it, I didn’t get it.”

As soon as I read those words, I had to smile. I’m the same way… for while A Love Supreme has become for me a revelatory album, when I first tried to listen to it I really didn’t get it either.

Rath’s post is a good one, whether or not you “get” what Coltrane was driving at in his record. Included in the post are two of the more significant pieces of Coltrane video: a live performance of “Alabama,” as well as a twelve minute excerpt from the only live performance of A Love Supreme Coltrane ever offered. You can also listen to a stream of Rath’s original five minute radio piece. Highly recommended.

Simply click here to access “50 Years of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme”


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