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Beyond A Love Supreme - John Coltrane


160 pgs.
Oxford University Press, Publ.

Tony Whyton explores both the musical complexities of "A Love Supreme" and the album's seminal importance in jazz history. He critically examines many of the mythologizing narratives about how the album was conceived and recorded and about what it signifies in terms of the trajectory of Coltrane's personal life. Sifting through the criticism of late Coltrane, Whyton suggests ways of listening to these recordings that go beyond the conventional ideologies of mainstream jazz practice and open the music to a wider range of responses.

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