Nov 20, 2015
With the possible exception of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, no jazz album has found its way into non-jazz fans’ record collections over the years more than John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Recorded fifty years ago this week in Rudy Van Gelder’s Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, two days of recording resulted in another seismic shift in the world of jazz.
On November 20th a two-disc (and deluxe three-disc) version of the album will arrive in stores. A Love Supreme - The Complete Masters will go beyond previously released outtakes to give us studio chatter, false starts and more, creating a complete picture of what happened during hose two mighty days. For those who want to dig deep into Trane's creative process, this is the holy grail.
To get further inside the recording of A Love Supreme, check out Podcast 458 when I spoke with journalist Ashley Kahn on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the album's release. Kahn contributed an essay about Coltrane and the album for the new CD set.