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A Love Supreme (1965)

John Coltrane
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Jazz, Modal jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop

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A Love Supreme is a studio album recorded by John Coltrane's quartet in December 1964 and released by Impulse! Records (catalogue number AS-77) in February 1965. It is generally considered to be among Coltrane's greatest works, as it melded the hard bop sensibilities of his early career with the free jazz style he adopted later.
The quartet recorded the album in one session on December 9, 1964, at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Coltrane's home in Dix Hills, Long Island, has been suggested as the site of inspiration for A Love Supreme.
The album is a four-part suite, broken up into tracks: "Acknowledgement" (which contains the mantra that gave the suite its name), "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm." It is intended to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity, and expresses the artist's deep gratitude as he admits to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by a spiritual higher power.
The album begins with the bang of a gong (tam-tam), followed by cymbal washes. Jimmy Garrison follows on bass with the four-note motif which structures the entire movement. Coltrane's solo follows. Besides soloing upon

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7:47 A Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement
7:25 A Love Supreme, Part 2: Resolution
17:50 A Love Supreme, Part 3: Pursuance / A Love Supreme, Part 4: Psalm
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More than a jazz milestone, a landmark in music.