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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What does John Coltrane's A Love Supreme have to do with John McLaughlin


I got a few minutes thanks to nap time, so here's what i know -

Even if you don't know who John Coltrane really is/was, you likely recognize the name. As one of the premier jazz artists of the mid-1900s, Coltrane's magic mystified fans for decades and his influence is still seen in much of today's music.

It is that same magic and influence that brings us to John McLaughlin's new album, To The One (April 20, Abstract Logix). McLaughlin and his group, the 4th Dimension put their new album into shape last November and December, and will see it hit shelves here shortly. McLaughlin, a self-noted fan of Coltrane, had this to say about the album and how Coltrane influenced it.

"This music started to come to me," McLaughlin explains, "without any call from my part. The sound and feel of this new music took me back to 1965, to when I first heard A Love Supreme. I was 23 years old at that time, and struggling with questions of existence that we all confront sooner or later. Some of us discard them or don't bother to delve deeper, but that's not my nature. I was asking big questions: What is the meaning of life? What is this word 'god'? What is this spirit? It was then that Coltrane came along and single-handedly brought this dimension of spirituality into jazz...it was a pivotal experience to me. It was so encouraging to me in both my musical and spiritual quests. To The One, as an album, is about those two aspects of my life - music and spirituality - crystallized by this recording of Coltrane's, and how A Love Supreme coincided with my search for meaning in life." 

I bring you newsletters -
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  • 1349 will release their new album stateside via Prosthetic on April 13. They'll also be touring with Cannibal Corpse, Skeletonwitch and Lecherous Nocturne.
  • ^Sicko^ is giving away two songs off his new album, Sickness Volume 4 - "Happycartoon" and "Fistula F/Duma Love"
  • Wally Boy Wonder's release date for "Day of the Rising Tide" has moved up to March 30 on Intolerance
  • Snareburst has added 3 new members, Ao, Aka and Midori. Their newly finished album, Snareburst BETA, is awaiting a release date.
  • Rowdy Gantz has finished their debut EP and you can listen to it on their MySpace page includes a cover of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" (aka "In the pines")

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