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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme. Presentation by Aaron Labin. John Coltrane. Career lasted only 12 years Gained recognition while playing with Miles Davis from ’55 to ’60 Formed own quartet in ’60 Died in ’67 at age 40. John Coltrane. Played with legends Miles Davis Charlie Parker - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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John Coltrane:A Love Supreme

Presentation byAaron Labin

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John Coltrane• Career lasted only

12 years• Gained

recognition while playing with Miles Davis from ’55 to ’60

• Formed own quartet in ’60

• Died in ’67 at age 40

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John Coltrane• Played with

legends– Miles Davis– Charlie Parker– Thelonious Monk– Cannonball

Adderley• Influenced by

– Stan Getz– Sidney Bechet

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John Coltrane• “A Love Supreme”

was recorded in December, 1964

• Released in 1965• Remastered

edition released in 2002 as 2 CD set

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John Coltrane• “A Love Supreme”

was comprised of a 4 part “suite”

• An ode to his faith and love of God

• His most famous work

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John Coltrane• “Part 1:

Acknowledgement”

• Listening guide provided

• Album receives name from song with the vocal melody at 6:07

• The song you hear now

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John Coltrane• “Part 2: Resolution”• Starts with a :20 bass

solo• :21 gives you a total

immersion from the band; smooth and round

• 1:45 piano solo accompanied with drum and bass

• 3:55 sax comes smoothly back; original melody repeated and improvised

• 7:19 song ends

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John Coltrane• “Part 3: Pursuance”• Song starts with a 1:30

chaotic drum solo• At 1:30 sax comes in

with the melody from Part 1; the entire band incorporates

• Chord progressive piano solo at 1:55 that showcases McCoy Tyner’s talent

• Violent reintegration of sax at 4:15 that expands every high and low note on the instrument

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John Coltrane• “Part 3: Pursuance”,

cont’d• 7:00 Coltrane returns

to the original melody

• 7:17 sax fades out to another drum solo

• 7:48 bass solo• 10:41 end

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John Coltrane• “Part 4: Psalm”• Coincides with a

poem he wrote to God

• Coltrane said “I recited the poem to God through my saxophone”

• Song starts with sax smoother than silk; drums and piano accompany

• 1:45 bass joins in

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John Coltrane• “Part 4: Psalm”,

cont’d• 2:55 sax begins to

touch on higher range

• Time is only kept by cymbals and piano

• 6:41 sax and piano dissolve and only drum is left

• 7:01 end

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John Coltrane

“A Love Supreme”