A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album

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9780670031368: A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album

A tribute to the saxophonist's top-acclaimed album is based on the testimonies of more than one hundred performers, producers, and witnesses to its creation, in a volume that includes previously unpublished interviews with Coltrane, cultural and historical backdrop information, and never-before-seen photographs. 35,000 first printing.

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Ashley Kahn is the author of Kind of Blue: The Making of The Miles Davis Masterpiece. As a journalist and editor, he has contributed articles to the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mojo, and many other publications. He also served as primary editor of Rolling Stone: The Seventies and primary contributor to Rolling Stones Jazz & Blues Album.

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*Starred Review* Coltrane was already a jazz colossus, acclaimed by peers, critics, and audiences alike, when he, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones recorded the spiritually informed four-part suite A Love Supreme, very efficiently and in sequence, on December 9, 1964, in recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio. After its release and much greater popularity than avant-garde jazz customarily enjoys, Coltrane became a spiritual as well as musical hero to every subsequent generation of jazz players and listeners. Here Kahn does for A Love Supreme what he did in Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece (2000) for Coltrane's former employer's biggest hit, and because A Love Supreme was pivotal in Coltrane's career--he became the fountainhead of free jazz almost immediately after recording it--Kahn winds up writing the great saxophonist's biography again, more lucidly, if in less detail, than anyone has before. He injects fine sidereal pieces on Impulse! Records, Van Gelder, the prayer at the heart of the suite, the single live performance of it, and the recording's many editions over the years, which will soon include an augmented two-CD version, the only companion to this lucid, brilliant, resplendently illustrated book that could better it in aesthetic satisfaction. Ray Olson
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