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A Love Supreme
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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.
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.
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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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 on August 5, 2013 by Edwin Nkosi
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. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Sandi Smith
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 morePublished on July 12, 2007 by B.A.H.
LCJO does to A Love Supreme what the Disneyland Dixieland band does for Muskrat Ramble.Published on January 26, 2006 by J. Deighton