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John Coltrane performs music from 'A Love Supreme' at the Penthouse in Seattle in 1965.
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Rhapsody in Black

John Coltrane captures a spiritual journey in 'A Love Supreme'

Rhapsody in Black - John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

In 1964, the legendary John Coltrane entered Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, to create his magnum opus, A Love Supreme. This monumental album, featuring a quartet of extraordinary musicians, including pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones, would solidify Coltrane's legacy as one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time.

A Love Supreme defies categorization, blending elements of jazz, spirituality and devotion into a transformative musical experience. Coltrane's profound spiritual journey, fueled by newfound love and a higher power, shines through the carefully crafted compositions. Each movement of the suite, from the enchanting Acknowledgement to the soul-stirring Psalm, carries its own emotional weight and message.

This nondenominational, pan-spiritual opus has left an indelible mark on the music world. Its influence continues to grow, inspiring countless musicians across genres. Join the journey and immerse yourself in the extraordinary musical legacy of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme.


Host: Vernon Neal

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher

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Where we turn up the voices of Black artists in the world of classical music, with host Vernon Neal.

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