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A Love Supreme

Guy Barker continues to explore the history of jazz, looking at the emergence of free jazz and jazz rock, with new interviews and archive of John Coltrane.

Guy Barker continues to explore the history of jazz, focusing on the turning points and pivotal events that have shaped the genre, and discovering some great stories and larger-than-life characters along the way. Episode eight, A Love Supreme, looks at jazz's progression into more and more complicated and original ideas with two new paths for jazz emerging in the 1960s: free jazz and jazz-rock.

John Coltrane led the way with free jazz, recording whole albums of purely improvised music. Or were they? Can any jazz be completely free from tradition? And what role did the civil rights movement play in free jazz's development?

On the other side, jazz musicians were joining forces with rock musicians to create a hybrid music: jazz-rock and then fusion. Pianos and double basses were replaced by keyboards and bass guitars, as jazz improvisation sat on top of rock beats. Seminal jazz-rock albums such as Miles Davis' Bitches Brew were well-received and new life was breathed into a seemingly dying art form.

Guy Barker traces the different paths of free jazz and jazz-rock through brand new interviews with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Peter Erskine, Reggie Workman, Randy Brecker, Larry Coryell, Lou Donaldson, John Scofield, Evan Parker, Jane Ira Bloom, Roswell Rudd; alongside archive of Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Archie Shepp, Elvin Jones (1927-2004), Amiri Baraka, Nat Hentoff and John Coltrane (1926-1967) himself. The John Coltrane interview with August Blume is used with kind permission of The Slought Foundation.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Cecil Taylor

    Mixed

    • Mixed.
    • Impulse.
    • IMPD - 270.
  • TONY WILLIAMS

    Sangria For 3

    • Lifetime Emergency.
    • Verve.
    • 539117-2.
  • Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin

    A Love Supreme

    • Original Album Classics.
    • Columbia / Sony Music Distribution.
    • 88697945712.
  • Gary Burton Quartet

    General Mojos Well Laid Plan

    • Duster.
    • RCA.
    • 74321257302 (1).
  • Pharoah Sanders

    The Creator Has A Master Plan

    • PHAROAH SANDERS KARMA.
    • IMPULSE.
    • IMP-11532.
  • Lou Donaldson

    Alligator Boogaloo

    • The Best of Lou Donaldson - the righteous reed!.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP 8307212.
  • John Coltrane

    Liberia

    • THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION.
    • ATLANTIC.
    • 8122-71984-2/F.
  • Cecil Taylor

    Bemsha Swing

    • JAZZ ADVANCE.
    • Fresh Sound Records.
    • FSR-CD-485.
  • Jaco Pastorius

    Portrait of Tracy

    • Jaco.
    • Columbia.
    • EK-64977.
  • Charles Mingus (1922 - 1979)

    Pedal Point Blues

    • Mingus Ah Um.
    • Columbia.
    • CK65512.
  • John Coltrane & Don Cherry

    The Blessing

    • The Avant-Garde.
    • Atlantic Jazz.
    • 7567-90041-2.
  • Weather Report

    Black Market

    • Black Market.
    • Cannon Ball.
    • 4682-10 2.
  • Miles Davis

    Bitches Brew

    • Bitches Brew.
    • Columbia.
    • C2K-65774.
  • Miles Davis

    MILES RUNS THE VOODOO DOWN

    • BITCHES BREW.
    • CBS.
    • CD-66236.
  • Archie Shepp

    Mama Too Tight

    • Mama Too Tight.
    • Impulse.
    • SIPL-508.
  • John Coltrane

    Ascension

    • Major Works.
    • Impulse.
    • 11-3.
  • Wes Montgomery

    IMPRESSIONS

    • Complete Live in Paris 1965.
    • Definitive.
    • 112-44.
  • John Coltrane

    A LOVE SUPREME

    • A Love Supreme (deluxe edition).
    • Impulse.
    • impulse-589 945-2.
  • John Coltrane

    Alabama

    • IN A SOULFUL MOOD.
    • MCCD.
    • MCCD-170.
  • Don Cherry & John Coltrane

    Focus On Sanity

    • The Avante-Garde.
    • Atlantic Jazz.
    • 7567-90041.
  • John Coltrane Quartet

    Africa

    • Africa/Bras.
    • Not Now Music.
    • NOT2CD 431.
  • Coleman

    Free Jazz

    • Free Jazz.
    • Atlantic.
    • 13-642.
  • Booker Ervin, Charles Mingus Band, Dannie Richmond, Horace Parlan, John Handy (1933) & Shafi Hadi

    Bird Calls

    • Mingus Ah Um.
    • Columbia.
    • CL1370.
  • Sonny Rollins

    Doxy

    • ON THE OUTSIDE.
    • RCA.
    • ND82496.
  • Billy Higgins, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry & Ornette Coleman

    Congeniality

    • The Shape of Jazz to Come.
    • Atlantic.
    • 8122-73198-2.
  • Ornette Coleman

    Jayne

    • Something Else.
    • Contemporary.
    • OJCCD-1632.
  • Thelonious Monk-John Coltrane Quartet

    Epistrophy

    • Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall.
    • Blue Note.
    • 0946 3-35174 2 4.
  • John Coltrane

    My Favourite Things

    • My Favourite Things: Coltrane At Newport.
    • IMPULSE.
    • 060251-7350540.

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