This newly discovered live-recording of a performance of the Love Supreme suite is a revelation. Recorded at The Penthouse in Seattle on October 2, 1965, this recording transports the listener to a prime seat for piece of musical history. While not studio-quality audio, the power of the performance shines through. This version is also of the full suite and features an expanded band that includes the same Classic Quartet and Pharoah Sanders in his first official gig as part of Coltrane’s group.
A newly discovered private recording of a rare John Coltrane performance of his acclaimed album A Love Supreme will be released later this year by Impulse Records.
Recorded on Oct. 2, 1965, at the end of a weeklong residence at The Penthouse in Seattle, it’s a historically significant recording that captures the legendary saxophonist kicking off the final phase of his career backed by his classic quartet – McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison – as well as Pharaoh Sanders in his first official gig as part of the group.
A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle is particularly notable because Coltrane rarely performed his four-part magnum opus in full after he recorded it in 1964. The studio album was a bestseller and was nominated for a Grammy Award. For more than six decades, the only known recorded public performance of A Love Supreme was from a French festival at Juan-Les-Pains in July of 1965, released nearly 20 years ago.
This live set from Seattle was captured by saxophonist and educator Joe Brazil, using a two-microphone stage setup connected to an Ampex reel-to-reel machine. It was restored and mastered by Kevin Reeves at East Iris Studios in Nashville.
Release Date: October 10, 2021
- A Love Supreme, Pt.I: Acknowledgment (21:53)
- Interlude 1 (2:29)
- A Love Supreme, Pt.II: Resolution (11:05)
- Interlude 2 (6: 23)
- A Love Supreme, Pt.III: Pursuance (15:27)
- Interlude 3 (6:32)
- Interlude 4 (4:21)
- A Love Supreme, Pt.IV: Psalm (7: 22)
John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders – tenor saxophone, percussion
McCoy Tyner – piano
Jimmy Garrison, Donald Rafael Garrett – bass
Elvin Jones – drums
Carlos Ward – alto saxophone
Recorded at The Penthouse, Seattle, WA on October 2, 1965