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John Coltrane’s Spiritual High Point

A fascinating article about John Coltrane, his monumental work, "A Love Supreme", and featuring Coltrane biographer, David Tegnell. The following is a brief excerpt:

On recordings like Crescent, Meditations, and A Love Supreme, Coltrane discarded the complex harmonic theorems he had been experimenting with during the previous decade. He could base a song off a single chord or scale, and that freed up the group. Taking away chords meant fewer restrictions, more responsiveness; the band was locked in to each other the way a church group is, their songs resembling a drawn-out prayer, or what Tegnell terms “collaboratively constructed meditation.”
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