John Coltrane - Meditations
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1966 Ratings: #21 / 46
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1966 Ratings: #10
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The History of The Albums – n°315

I also recommend you to read in order my previous reviews on John Coltrane, listed at the end of the review, in order to better understand his immense career and this one]. In the concept of my series, it is both impossible not to assign a final episode to John Coltrane since his death comes in 1967, and also not to talk about Meditations, one of the greatest masterpieces of his discography. If John Coltrane enjoys an outstanding reputation in the ... read more


CFCE 87.8 FM Weekly Genre: Free Jazz

As hard as it is to pin down the free Jazz genre (frankly, I don’t believe it’s intended to be “pinned down”), the infamous style is surprisingly straightforward. A great deal of explanation can be found in John Coltrane’s additions to the genre.

I love free Jazz; it was the gateway that welcomed me into a sonic world of limitless possibilities and unimaginable creativity. A world so extreme that was yet so inviting. Contrary ... read more


i want to write more words about this album but nothing i say can do it justice. however, the 1987 essay "what coltrane wanted" by edward strickland does a fantastic job talking about this album in the greater scheme of contrane's work.

funny enough, the only reason i found the article was because of a blog post about 56 nights & barter 6. shout out to noz.


JOHN ILY thats all great great great jazz album not his best but still super great


John Coltrane's 1966 album "Meditations" is a remarkable work of art that represents a significant development in the saxophonist's musical career. The album features an impressive ensemble of musicians, including Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. "Meditations" is widely regarded as one of Coltrane's most challenging works, and it's easy to understand why. This album is not for the faint of heart, as ... read more


John Coltrane - Meditations (1966)

The opener to this one really drags this record down. I hate to rate any Coltrane this low but the opening track literally sounds like something died in his saxophone.

The Father And The Son And The Holy Ghost - 36
Compassion - 78
Love - 74
Consequences - 64
Serenity - 69

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Track List

  1. The Father And The Son And The Holy Ghost
  2. Compassion
  3. Love
  4. Consequences
  5. Serenity
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Added on: June 13, 2016