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A Love Supreme

The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album

Ashley Kahn - Author

Elvin Jones - Foreword by

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ISBN 9780142003527 | 288 pages | 28 Oct 2003 | Penguin | 7.51 x 9.05in | 18 - AND UP
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An illuminating celebration of one of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded

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 Featuring interviews with more than one hundred musicians, producers, friends, and family members; unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison; and scores of never-before-seen photographs, A Love Supreme balances biography, cultural context, and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.

A Love Supreme Acknowledgments

Foreword
"Always a Spiritual Experience"

Introduction
"The First Time I Have Everything Ready

Chapter 1
Miles Ahead, Miles Behind

Chapter 2
The Classic Quartet
Impulse: Creed's Vision

Chapter 3
December 9, 1964: Creating A Love Supreme
Rudy Van Gelder

Chapter 4
December 10, 1964: A Second Try, a Year of Triumph
Poetry and Prayer
Suite by the Sea

Chapter 5
Avant-garde, a Force for Good

Chapter 6
The Unbroken Arc of A Love Supreme
Persistence of a Label

Epilogue
"Opening the Doors"

Notes
Bibliography
Discography
Index

"The emotions I experienced while reading Ashley Kahn's A Love Supreme gave me a feeling of beauty, elegance, excellence, grace and dignity. I congratulate him for a supreme effort well done." (Carlos Santana)


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