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Major Works of John Coltrane: Ascension 1 & 2 / Om / Kulu Se Mama / Selflessness
John Coltrane
Major Works of John Coltrane: Ascension 1 & 2 / Om / Kulu Se Mama / Selflessness
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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John Coltrane's twin bookends of spiritual outreach and fulfillment (A Love Supreme from December of 1964, and Meditations from November of 1965) represent the final incandescent emotional peak of his classic quartet, and ...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Coltrane
Title: Major Works of John Coltrane: Ascension 1 & 2 / Om / Kulu Se Mama / Selflessness
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Label: Grp Records/Impluse
Release Date: 1/21/1992
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 011105011327

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John Coltrane's twin bookends of spiritual outreach and fulfillment (A Love Supreme from December of 1964, and Meditations from November of 1965) represent the final incandescent emotional peak of his classic quartet, and by the end of '65, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner would leave the band, to be replaced by Rashied Ali, Alice Coltrane, and the young reed firebrand Pharoah Sanders, as the tenor saxophone giant ventured ever further into the uncharted realms of universal chant and freeform improvisation. In between were a slew of recordings that stretched the boundaries of form and content as far as the saxophonist's tenuous connections to the jazz tradition were concerned, but which rank among the most visceral, emotionally intense recordings since humans first walked erect--each an event unto itself. Herein are the collective polyphonic pandemonium of Ascension (Trane's response to Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz and Albert Ayler's New York Eye and Ear Control), the psychedelic/mystical turmoil of Om, and the Afrocentric constructs of Kulu Su Mama. Frenetic in execution, ritualistic in its collective focus, this music ranges from prayer-like declamations, to thermonuclear collective meltdowns that are not recommended for the faint of heart. --Chip Stern

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