First Meditations (for quartet)

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For the philosophical treatise, see First Meditation.
First Meditations (for quartet)
The cover is a painting depicting a giant bluebird peering over the horizon, a rose, a saxophone in the extreme foreground, and a blue photograph of Coltrane wafting in the air. The album title and artist appear in script at the top of the white border.
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released 1977
Recorded September 2, 1965
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz, Modal jazz
Length 52:16
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

First Meditations (for quartet) is an album by John Coltrane recorded in 1965. It is a quartet version of a suite Coltrane would record as Meditations two months later with the additions of Pharoah Sanders as a second tenor saxophone and Rashied Ali on drums. Not released initially until 1977, the album witnesses the final recording of Coltrane's classic quartet featuring bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner; later records included other musicians.

Track listing[edit]

All pieces written by John Coltrane.
  1. "Love" – 8:03
  2. "Compassion" – 9:32
  3. "Joy" – 8:52
  4. "Consequences" – 7:21
  5. "Serenity" – 6:12
  6. "Joy" – 12:16



  1. ^ First Meditations (for quartet) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 47. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.