Meditations (John Coltrane album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Meditations
Coltrane is depicted in an orange-tinted photograph playing his saxophone with Jimmy Garrison on bass visible in the background. In orange, "MEDITATIONS" is written at the top of the sleeve followed by "JOHN COLTRANE" in yellow.
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released September 1966
Recorded November 23, 1965
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Avant-garde jazz, free jazz, hard bop, modal jazz
Length 40:31
Label Impulse!
A-9110
Producer Bob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
Kulu Sé Mama
(1965)
Meditations
(1965)
Live at the Village Vanguard Again!
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

Meditations is a 1966 album by John Coltrane. The album was considered the "spiritual follow-up to A Love Supreme."[3] It features Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders as soloists, both playing tenor saxophones. Much of the recording is fairly avant-garde, featuring extensive passages in free rhythm and extended saxophone techniques such as honked and overblown notes, as well as multiphonics. This would be the last Coltrane recording with long-time partners drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner.

Alternative versions of tracks 2–5, later issued as First Meditations (for quartet), not issued until 12 years later in 1977, had been recorded in September 1965 by the same musicians minus Rashied Ali and Sanders, and were more restrained, containing less squealing and fewer overblown notes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Coltrane.

  1. "The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost" – 12:51
  2. "Compassion" – 6:50
  3. "Love" – 8:09
  4. "Consequences" – 9:11
  5. "Serenity" – 3:28

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 47. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, W.W. Norton & Company (2005), pg. 178-9