A Love Supreme The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album kindle ✓ Paperback

Ashley Kahn ´ A Love Supreme The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album book

A Love Supreme The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album kindle ✓ Paperback ô Few albums in the canon of popular music have had the influence resonance and endurance of John Coltrane's 1965 classic A Love Supreme a record that proved jazz was a fitting medium for spiritual exploration and for tFresh and engaging approach that characterized his critically acclaimed Kind of Blue The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece Ashley Kahn tells the story of the genesis creation and aftermath of this classic recording Featuring interviews with than one hundred mu I liked this book a lot Have avoided getting much into John Coltrane for most of my life just because I don't know why not save some things for a later I guess At least as far as the guy described in this book goes it seems like he ruled I think a few investigations into musical devices and how Coltrane intended them to work with his vision would have been interesting even if probably too speculative A lot is made early on in the book of a mythical couple of day long woodshedding meditations that Coltrane spent on this composition but by the time we get into the recording of the album it seems like it's sort of business as usual creatively Which is fine of course it's one of a thousand evenings those four have popped into a room and started playing together There just seems to be a missing link between compositionintentexecution Still a great book though and great to read about his last year near the top of his fame playing community centers and Brooklyn playground fundraisers and learning how to embrace his dual role as paid his dues elder statesman and musical revolutionary Coltrane's career has always been a weird one to approach from the outside because of the distinct eras of his career which are a bit tough to identify without a bit of study Glad I've finally started digging in

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Sicians producers friends and family members; unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison; and scores of never before seen photographs A Love Supreme balances biography cultural context and musical analysis in a passionate and revealing portrai The idea of improvisation is not only central to jazz and the blues arguably the first truly great American musical expressions but is also central to the lives of those who originated this great art the African Americans Many jazz players can cross over to classical but not nearly as many classical players have the life experience andor skill to play jazz JazzBlues evolved out of that great art making substance called adversity and no one did it better than John Coltrane This book is about what many consider his greatest achievementThe talent involved in creating a record of this caliber is mind blowing Just think that the sound you hear on this album was done in one recording session on one evening in about 4 hours worth of total time straight to master two track with no overdubs Compare that to the typical high budget pop rock indie hip hop or even electronicdance album that can take months with countless re takes over dubs and it only adds to the mystiue of this work of art This is a much a credit to Coltrane's three bandmates as it is to the tenor man himself Jimmy Garrison McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones completed what was in effect a self contained unit of one mind derived from the African American experience where life demanded improvisationA week before I wrote this review I had the chance to hear Cornel West speak He describes himself as a jazz man a blues man a man who faced the adversities of being black This is the ultimate improvisation learning how to survive as a member of a historically oppressed minority class in this country West references Coltrane as one of his great inspirations as one of those artists that was a true original as he describes it For many though A Love Supreme was the last palatable serving in the Coltrane canon Ascension his other great piece released in 1965 was worlds ahead as far as vision and conception but was out of reach and remains out of reach for many listeners To some Ascension had crossed a line into territory that wasn't any definable genre let alone jazz But to the discerning listener it's soon realized that Coltrane was on a search filled with restlessness that shaped his entire life including his spirituality He was reaching for the ultimate expression of honoring those mystical revelations he felt as anyone who's also felt them can hear in his music Ascension was just that another higher level of the expression that he'd worked on his entire career and that truly culminated in A Love Supreme Author Ashley Kahn captures all of this intricate detail uite well and even as an agnostic honors the path of a man who was searching to better express his love of the divine As some have said about him if you're looking for popular music don't listen to Coltrane Yet the reverence in the music industry for this timeless expression of that which can't be expressed is undeniable And despite it's relatively low profile it remains one of the greatest examples of a talented musician who also happened to be at the peak of his art form his spiritual awareness and his ability to combine the two with a clarity that results in a masterpiece

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A Love Supreme The Story of John Coltrane's Signature AlbumFew albums in the canon of popular music have had the influence resonance and endurance of John Coltrane's 1965 classic A Love Supreme a record that proved jazz was a fitting medium for spiritual exploration and for the expression of the sublime Bringing the same Thorough analysis of an album a uartet and an era Amazing cultural and social interconnections overlaps and chance encounters of the period Loved the Psalm poem and loved that the fourth movement is based on it The book is due back to the library at the end of the semester Hope I can find a copy to keep on my shelf at home