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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters

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Veteran jazz fans probably do not often listen to A Love Supreme, saxophonist John Coltrane’s unfathomably important 1965 album of passionate, spiritual jazz. They internalized the LP, performed by Trane’s “Classic Quartet”-pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones and the leader on tenor-long ago. But now there’s a reason to revisit.

In honor of its 50th birthday, the album has been reissued as part of an essential new set titled A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters. A two-CD version includes the album, a pair of mono reference masters and all the leftover takes and overdubs from the sessions; a three-discer tosses in a live reading of Supreme-the sole one we have, also from ’65-by the same personnel as on the album. (Both editions feature a new liner essay by Ashley Kahn.) Most of the music here, including the epic gig, has already been released, but the tracks we haven’t heard before are intriguing, and the experience of hearing all of A Love Supreme in one program is staggering. If you haven’t listened to this masterpiece in a while, what better way to dive back in than by going all the way?

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