Throwback Thursday | John Coltrane A Love Supreme at 50

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It was 50 years ago this month that the world was given the gift of John Coltrane’s immaculate album, A Love Supreme. Released by Impulse Records, Coltrane’s quartet featuring bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner, recorded the master LP in a single recording session in December 1964. In the half-century since its release, the album became an essential artifact of the bop and free jazz era.


Coltrane’s lone live performance of the suite of music recorded for the LP took place July 26, 1965 at the Festival Mondial du Jazz Antibes in France. The below video purports to be the only surviving footage of that appearance and includes Part 1: “Acknowledgement” and a segment of Part 2: “Resolution.” The entire performance including the final two compositions of the four-part suite, Part 3: “Pursuance” and Part 4: “Psalm,” was released as part of the A Love Supreme Deluxe Edition in 2002.