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A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's…

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

by Ashley Kahn

Other authors: Elvin Jones (Preface)

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As some of the previous commentators put it, go and buy the album and read the CD notes. The few witnesses interviewed for this book don't bring much light to the subject, they don't seem to remember much about the recording session. At the end of the book it's still not known if Coltrane's voice was dubbed singing or it's just somebody else's voice singing at the same time... :-) Nice photos, but that is all... ( )
  tiaoconnor | Apr 26, 2012 |
This book lacks the fascination of Kahn's story of the making of the Miles Davis masterpiece, Kind of Blue, but perhaps that is more related to the music itself than to anything under Kahn's control. Kind of Blue has an elegant, immediate simplicity that lulls the listener into a special place. A Love Supreme is much more challenging, reflecting Coltrane's deep spirituality near the end of his life, and I suspect it will take a few more listens before I really begin to appreciate it. It is a far cry from his more accessible work of the late 50s and early 60s. ( )
  datrappert | Nov 15, 2009 |
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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 the expression of the sublime. Bringing the same fresh 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 Featuring interviews with more than one hundred musicians, producers, friends, and family members; unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison; and scores of never-before-seen photographs, A Love Supreme balances biography, cultural context, and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 portrait.

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"A Love Supreme is a passionate and revealing portrait of the creation of the album, balancing biography, cultural context, and musical analysis. Written with the full cooperation of Coltrane's family, it features the voices of more than a hundred musicians, producers, and witnesses, including the surviving participants of the sessions, drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and engineer Rudy Van Gelder. With unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison and scores of never-before-seen photographs, A Love Supreme weaves a rich historical backdrop and examines the questions and myths surrounding an album that, as Joshua Redman says, "doesn't feel like just an overwhelming musical vision, it feels like the vision.""--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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