John Coltrane - Meditations
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CFCE 87.8 FM Weekly Genre: Free Jazz

As hard as it is to pin down the genre of free Jazz (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. ... 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.
When an album has so much emotional potency, and yet it is purely instrumental, that's when it's truly something special. The instrumentation is filled with such anger and perpetual sadness, and it really is intoxicatingly intriguing. It's what makes 60's jazz musicians still sound so incredible so many years later.

Standout: Love
Favs: The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, Consequences, Serenity
Least fav: Compassion (if i had to pick one)
1. The Father And The Son And The Glory Ghost --- 87/100
2. Compassion --- 90/100
3. Love --- 85/100
4. Consequences --- 78/100
5. Serenity --- 83/100
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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