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Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album

Tony Whyton

Abstract

Recorded by his quartet in a single session in 1964, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is widely considered one of the greatest jazz albums of all time. A significant record of Coltrane’s transition from the bebop and hard bop of his earlier recordings to the free jazz style perfected throughout the rest of his career, the album is also an embodiment of the deep spirituality that characterized the final years of his life. The album itself comprises a four-part suite; the titles of the four parts-“Acknowledgment,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance,” and “Psalm,”-along with the poem Coltrane composed for in ... More

Keywords: John Coltrane, A Love Supreme, greatest jazz album, free jazz style, jazz history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733231.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Whyton, author
Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Salford, West Yorkshire, UK