By Ashley Kahn
Few albums within the canon of well known tune have had the impact, resonance, and persistence of John Coltrane's 1965 vintage A Love Supreme-a checklist that proved jazz used to be a becoming medium for religious exploration and for the expression of the elegant. Bringing a similar clean and fascinating technique that characterised his seriously acclaimed Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, Ashley Kahn tells the tale of the genesis, construction, and aftermath of this vintage recording. that includes interviews with multiple hundred musicians, manufacturers, buddies, and family; unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison; and rankings of never-before-seen photos, A Love Supreme balances biography, cultural context, and musical research in a passionate and revealing portrait.
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When the Symphony was expanded by the addition of the Minuet and Trio, a bond of connection seemed to be established; but still this bond was not at all a vital one, for the Minuet is one of the least characteristic elements of the suite-form proper, being clearly of less ancient lineage and type than the Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, or Gigue, or even the Gavotte and Bounce, which were classed with it, as Intermezzi or Galanterien. The form of the Clavier Suite movements was in fact too inelastic to admit of such expansion and development as was required in the orchestral works, and the type did not supply the characteristic technical qualities which would be of service in their development.
This is owing partly to the high pitch of technical skill which he attained, partly to the freshness and geniality of his ideas, and partly to the vigour and daring of harmonic progression which he manifested. He and Mozart together enriched this branch of art to an extraordinary degree, and towards the end of their lives began to introduce far deeper feeling and earnestness into the style than had been customary in early works of the class. The average orchestra had increased in size, and at the same time had gained a better balance of its component elements.
When he descends from this distant height, he assumes a cheerful and sometimes playful vein, as in the second principal subject of the first movement, and in the subsidiary or cadence subject that follows it. This may not be altogether in accordance with what is popularly meant by the name 'Jupiter,' though that deity appears to have been capable of a good deal of levity in his time ; but it has the virtue of supplying admirable contrast to the main subjects of the section; and it is so far in consonance with them that there is no actual reversal of feeling in passing from one to the other.
A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album by Ashley Kahn