47. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

John Coltrane

The album is a suite about redemption, pure spirit and encapsulates all the aspirations of the 1960s. Coltrane looks for spiritual and musical freedom, expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms which captivated the jazz listeners of the time and rock fellow travelers like the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, and the Byrds, while initiating a series of volatile, unruly prayer offerings. From the urgent speech-like timbre of his tenor sax, to the serpentine textures and earthy groove of Elvin Jones's drumming, Coltrane's suite proceeds with growing intensity, conveying a hard-fought wisdom and a beckoning serenity in prayer-like drones. Coltrane searches continuously for that one climactic note worthy of the love he wants to share.

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