Meditations (John Coltrane album)
|Studio album by John Coltrane|
|Recorded||November 23, 1965
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|Genre||Avant-garde jazz, free jazz, hard bop, modal jazz|
|John Coltrane chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Meditations is a 1966 album by John Coltrane. The album was considered the "spiritual follow-up to A Love Supreme." 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.
All songs written by John Coltrane.
- "The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost" – 12:51
- "Compassion" – 6:50
- "Love" – 8:09
- "Consequences" – 9:11
- "Serenity" – 3:28
- John Coltrane – tenor saxophone, band leader
- Pharoah Sanders – tenor saxophone
- McCoy Tyner – piano
- Jimmy Garrison – double bass
- Elvin Jones – drums
- Rashied Ali – drums