What an eloquent, well-arranged, beautifully performed exercise in futility. Why the need to improve on John Coltrane’s highly personal search for spiritual enlightenment? Trane’s seminal 1964 recording A Love Supreme involved a mere four artists: Coltrane on tenor, plus a responsive rhythm machine that seemed to anticipate his every nuance with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. We’re talking a dozen fewer musicians than the LCJO that recorded this inflated version in 2003. Clearly, the results prove that less can be more, not only in numbers-original version, 33 minutes; Marsalis takes nearly 42-but also in depth of expression.
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