“A Love Supreme” is a studio album recorded by John Coltrane and his quartet in December 1964 and released by Impulse! Records in February 1965, generally considered to be Coltrane’s magnum opus.
The quartet recorded the album in one session on December 9, 1964 at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The album is a four-part suite, broken up into tracks: “Acknowledgement” (which contains the famous mantra that gave the suite its name), “Resolution”, “Pursuance”, and “Psalm. A landmark recording and one of Trane’s best.
It is among the most important jazz records ever made, that at once compiled all of the innovations from Coltrane’s past, spoke to the current of deep spirituality that liberated him from addictions to drugs and alcohol, and glimpsed at the future innovations of his final two and a half years.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Re-Issue. Digitally Re-mastered. 1964. MCA Records. MCA 5660. VG*****