1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

945. A Love Supreme – John Coltrane

Brief Background: A Love Supreme was recorded in a one day session on December 9, 1964 and was released in February of 1965. The album is a four part suite which was broken into 3 tracks on the original release.

What I think: Here again we have my difficulties with this style of Jazz. I don’t like the plonking piano parts that are evident through most of the suite and the horns don’t do much for me either. The second half is a bit more palatable to me, because of more flowing piano parts. Suite three (“Pursuance”) is also played at a very fast tempo, with a crazy drum solo by Elvin Jones, which makes it kind of entertaining.  The final suite (“Psalm”) is subsequently slow and flowing and is sort of soothing. All in all I’m just never going to get or enjoy this style of jazz so let’s move on….

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I had listened to this album before this projects based on its reputation, and this is an album that despite my personal feelings I think should be here.


Rating (Out of 5): 2.0

Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? No (14/57)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%


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