John Coltrane - Meditations
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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.
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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Added on: June 13, 2016