Sunday, October 28, 2012

Grant Green - Sunday Mornin' & John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

Grant Green - Sunday Mornin' (Blue Note, 1961) Guitarist Grant Green recorded scores of excellent albums for Blue Note in the 1960's in a variety of formats. This one had him fronting a trio with Kenny Drew on piano, Ben Tucker on bass and Ben Dixon on drums. The music on this album is a solid mix of spirituals, standards and ballads with Green's thoughtful and ripe tone cutting though all of the selections. The gospel tinged selections include a haunting version of "God Bless the Child" and his own original "Sunday Mornin'." The group develops a nice groove on Miles Davis's "So What" and on "Exodus" with a couple of more Green originals rounding out the playlist. Sunday Mornin' -

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (Impulse, 1965) This is the great saxophonist John Coltrane's most well known and arguably finest LP, a musical manifestation of his deep seated spiritual belief. This is perhaps the high point of the recordings with his "classic quartet" with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. This beautiful four part suite has its beginning with "Acknowledgement" which has a gradual opening like a precious flower opening to the world, culminating with he invoking chant "A Love Supreme…" The extraordinary second movement of the suite, "Resolution"is simple astounding, with Coltrane's saxophone solo sounding crystal clear yet emotionally and physically overwhelming. The band is like a complete being breathing as one. The final two parts of the suite, "Pursuance"and "Psalm" track their spiritual journey even further folding in solo space for piano and drums before an epic Garrison solo ushers in the final haunting movement. A Love Supreme -

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