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A Love Supreme

Lincoln Center Jazz OrchestraAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • ASIN: B0006L0LB6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In 1964 John Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. It's one of most influential and imposing jazz suites ever written, and on this debut CD for the Palmetto label, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis, adapts Coltrane's immortal composition to the big band. Not to be outdone by his brother Branford's quartet version of this material recorded live on DVD, Wynton and company skillfully extend and elaborate on the Coltrane's work, and preserve the soul-searching spirit of the four-part suite, which deals with the blues, 4/4 swing, Afro-Latin rhythms, and ballads. Pulsed by Carlos Henriquez's sure-footed basslines, Herlin Riley's spiritual syncopations and Earl Lewis's profound pianisms, saxophonist Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson's Tranish cries, and the leader's triumphant trumpet tones are as fluent and fierce as ever. Collectively, this brilliant orchestra goes where no large ensemble has gone before. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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Palmetto Records release of A Love Supreme, the label debut of Jazz at Lincoln Center's renowned big band The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Supreme Love to Share June 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I admit, I was sceptical when this CD was first handed to me. And "yes" I am a firm believer that some material should not be covered - like "Take Five" for example. No variation, improvisation, or arrangement could ever reach the heights of that original. I had put "A Love Supreme" in that category as well ... until I heard Wynton's brother Branford's live recording of "A Love Supreme", released in late 2004. So Wynton was under quite some pressure to deliver ...

And here are my ten Cents: I love this CD. In fact, I am listening to it over and over again, always discovering new nuances in Marsalis' smart big band arrangements. He leaves enough space for each musician - including himself - to show their artistic talents while never losing the cohesiveness needed to make this production work. It's a treat for the jazz-loving ear. Appropriately challenging, yet flowing and fresh. There is an Ellingtonian grandeur to the recording and Wynton Marsalis' classcial music training certainly came in handy here. Incidentally, "A Love Supreme" was produced by yet another member of the Marsalis family, brother Delfeayo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I suppose it's natural to compare this release with the original classic (which, by the way, you should listen to first).

The word that hits me when listening to this release is "technical". It sounds like there must be 100 horns where the original was, what, 1? Some parts seem overly cute... but it's not like it's some insult to the original. One thing I can't stand is when an artist remakes a piece of music (even their own) and it sounds the SAME. In those cases, the duplicate is implying that they are better. This version is different. It has a big band sound.

Like all of the Wynton Marsalis projects, the audio quality in this release is unmatched.

So, I'd recommend this release as a supplement. Don't think of it as the new kids trying to "one up" Trane and I think you can enjoy it better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take five, please December 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The upshot is that this orchestration, while nice enough, doesn't do anything good to the original piece (and I heard it live as well). If you're a fan of the original, I suggest you buy the digitally remastered version of ALS which includes a live version on the second CD.

Unless you're a fan of orchestration from quartet to big band (and this is done far more frequently in the classical world), or have money to burn, I'd avoid this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big band version of Coltrane classic January 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you are a jazz aficionado, then you probably should avoid this CD. Nothing can compete with the 1964 classic Coltrane original recording. However, this big band orchestration is very approachable for non experts. Everything is very professional and the musicians are quite frankly astoundingly good, particularly the young rhythm section. I heard them live in Ann Arbor last night at a packed Hill Auditorium and the audience seemed extremely satisfied with the product. If you're a purist, stay away; otherwise you may be very happy indeed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wynton's take on Trane February 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Okay, it's not John Coltrane, it most definitely sounds like a Wynton Marsalis album. A lot of his trademark style in arranging and playing is evident throughout... perhaps a little too evident. But it's a delightful album nonetheless and loads of fun to listen to. Not as adventurous and interesting perhaps as the original, but still worth a spin. Wynton gets the same fabulous performances out of his group as he always does, and the music... well, what can you say... It's "A Love Supreme"... the music is supreme!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Supreme July 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD was most enjoyable because they are big and well known. The second reason is because I have NEVER have heard Jazz as an Orchestra. A HIGHLY recommended CD to buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Buyers need to be warned that this is Marsalis' own version of A Love Supreme which he had liberally rewritten and given much big band flavor. Others might disagree, but I think this is a total abomination of one of the finest jazz albums ever created. I heard this mess live at Lincoln Center. I could tell by the audience reaction that they were displeased, no booing but near dead silence. Elvin Jones was in the audience that night, I wanted to ask him if he knew ahead of time what Marsalis had done. I had heard a very fine rendition of A Love Supreme the prior year at Carnegie Hall performed by the now-defunct Carnegie Hall jazz band. They did an amazing job retaining the original characteristics without doing a note-by-note copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase.
Excellent transaction. Excellent condition. Perfect all around. A great item at a fantastic price. Words cannot describe my experience on Amazon as of late. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Loralie Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A love Supreme
I have the original Love Supreme CD of John Coltrane the Cats have done Justice to these recordings i am pleased with this seetng. I ma Impressed.
Published 12 months ago by Edwin Nkosi
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's be honest
Let's be honest here guys, it's by no stretch of the imagination anything to the original. That's a given, but you have to look beyond that. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lucas
1.0 out of 5 stars Very anachronistic
As much as I love Wynton AND the LCJO, this is a total miss. They play Coltrane's suite as if it was written in the 1920's, and it is just lame. Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by B.A.H.
1.0 out of 5 stars It's simple really...
LCJO does to A Love Supreme what the Disneyland Dixieland band does for Muskrat Ramble.
Published on January 26, 2006 by J. Deighton
1.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane desacrated
John Coltrane was villified most of his creative life for playing at the edge of a world he was helping to redefine. Read more
Published on November 5, 2005 by Ulysse
5.0 out of 5 stars A first of many
This is for sure not Coltrane, yet Wynton's style and grace when arranged in big band format takes A Love Supreme to places it was not able to go before. I strongly recommend it.
Published on March 22, 2005 by Jazzn Jew
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