Arguably the best album John Coltrane ever recorded and consistently mentioned as the greatest album in jazz. A Love Supreme is a suite about redemption, a work of pure spirit and song, that encapsulates all the struggles and aspirations of the 1960s.
Blue Train – John Coltrane - $15.98
Blue Train is one of those ineffable sound recordings that actually seems to capture a moment of perfect artistry. Coltrane was in the midst of a Prestige recording contract but was able to honor a previous commitment to Blue Note and release this one album. With four Coltrane originals, including the haunting theme of the title track, and one standard, this recording showed Coltrane was becoming the complete package: player, composer, and bandleader.
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John Coltrane Giant Steps (1960) - $14.98
John Coltrane’s maiden voyage for Atlantic Records was the fulfillment of all the potential he’d demonstrated with Miles, Monk and on his own Prestige recordings. Recorded in May 1959, GIANT STEPS is Coltrane’s first recital to feature nothing but his own original compositions, and is the culmination of his obsessive foray into harmony. By taking all of the notes in a chord–and trying to find every possible inversion and relevant substitution–the saxophonist was forced to develop a complex new form of melodic phrasing that enabled him to rhythmically crowd every permutation into a single phrase.