Album Review: A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle by John Coltrane
Phenomenal, Based on 2 Critics
Under The Radar - 95 Based on rating 9.5/10
One of jazz's great unprecedented recordings, John Coltrane's 1965 masterwork A Love Supreme has garnered widespread recognition as both a classic and, more importantly, jazz age miracle, marking a triumphant turning point in musical thought and affecting an entire spectrum of listeners. The recently unearthed A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle possesses a wealth of sonic complexity and freewheeling creative expression, casting the game-changing saxophonist in a fresh light. This release, much like the studio album, stands as a genre landmark, reminding the listener of what is wholly right and truly good in modern music.
A quote attributed to jazz multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy touches on the ephemeral nature of sound: "When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air. You can never capture it again." He was talking about live music in the moment, and, since Dolphy died in 1964, he was speaking to us from a very different world. In his day, unless a recording of a gig was arranged ahead of time, the music did indeed vanish after the instant in which it was heard.