The Wire

News

John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters set to mark 50th anniversary

The complete masters of A Love Supreme will be released in November by Verve Music

Impulse Records! will commemorate the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with the release of a complete masters edition, including unreleased session reels and alternative versions from Coltrane’s personal collection.

The album was recorded over two days at the Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey, in December 1964. Musicians at the sessions included Coltrane’s quartet (with Elvin Jones on drums, Jimmy Garrison, bass, and McCoy Tyner, piano), plus Archie Shepp and Doctor Art Davis, who joined Coltrane on the second day to re-record the opening part of the suite. The various takes, alternative versions and overdubs from these sessions make up this release.

Called A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters, the set will include a 32 page book featuring an essay by Ashley Khan, photographs taken at the session, as well as detailed notes and musical sketches by Coltrane. It will be released in a 2xCD or a 3xCD super deluxe edition, the latter including an introduction from Carlos Santana and a live recording of A Love Supreme performed at the Festival Mondial du Jazz Antibes in July 1965.

More information will be incoming at Verve Music.