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A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
by Ashley Kahn
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142003522, Paperback)
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 Featuring interviews with more than one hundred musicians, producers, friends, and family members; unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison; and scores of never-before-seen photographs, A Love Supreme balances biography, cultural context, and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 With unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison and scores of never-before-seen photographs, A Love Supreme weaves a rich historical backdrop and examines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.
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