John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (1965)
High school exams start this week & this album takes me back to grade 9.
Not that I was aware of A Love Supreme‘s existence in grade 9; more so, this listening experience reminds me of reading Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night back in the day.
My ninth grade English class could likely be divided into 3 unequally-sized student groups:
a) The students who appreciated Twelfth Night, regardless of what happened in the classroom
b) The students who had little to no use for the Bard
c) The students who thought the play was OK when reading independently but thanks to an enthusiastic teacher, appreciated it more after studying as a class
As Maxwell Smart would say, would you believe…I was in group c)?
It appears I could use an enthusiastic teacher to enhance my Coltrane appreciation here as well.
As at the moment, it’s fine, I don’t have anything overly negative to report.
Multiple listens haven’t really changed the experience for me. The movement titles feel apt: Resolution (my favourite of the lot) is likely the most cohesive & Pursuance sounds like the musicians are chasing something but they’re running in different directions. Perhaps pursuance also describes the frustration of the grade 9 English teacher, especially the week before a holiday, trying to catch the rapidly wandering/waning attention spans of his/her class.
To be fair, instrumental jazz isn’t among the genres in heavy rotation at my home.
Though I’d like to learn to appreciate it more, especially when A Love Supreme is categorized as both “post-bop” and “avant-garde jazz.”
If I could (honestly) answer the “so what kind of music do you like?” question with “oh you know, a bit of post-bop & some avant-garde jazz,” I’d be alright with that!