Fifty years on and no one has topped the passion and influence of the 1964 recorded (1965 released) A Love Supreme. The album, divided into four parts: Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, and Psalm. But what makes it so classic, so cutting edge, and like nothing we will ever hear again? First, let's look at the four part of A Love Supreme.
Acknowledgement: It begins with a resounding gong and cymbal as the percussion builds into the bass' prayer that begins the mantra before you hear it. You feel it immediately in this opening part, you acknowledge the layers, the complexity, and begin to let go. Suddenly, the only spoken words of the entire album are chanted, the same repetitive notes you've been hearing in bass and saxophone: A Love Supreme.
Resolution: You're drawn into it's immediately subtlety but suddenly shocked by a crash of sounds. The piano and saxophone trade off parts in this one with the percussion feeling a bit chaotic. Until finally again it slows, the cymbals are silenced, and then...
Pursuance: Drums take center stage to kick off this part. You feel inspired to move forward. The pace is set early on and it's fast and furious. Four or so minutes in the saxophone comes into a screaming solo just as fast paced as the rest of the instruments. There is passion in this section. And then it slows, the bass is given a solo as if it is a musical sermon.
Psalm: There is serious drama at the very start of this. The saxophone sounds as if it's praying as the instruments wake up again.
But there is a part that most people do not know about. That is the poem written to accompany the final part, Psalm. The saxophone solo that I referred to as praying is actually "speaking" this poem. Next time you listen to the final part, Psalm, read this along with it and the magic that is A Love Supreme will be understood.
This is indeed a prayer of thanks and acknowledgement of what gift he has been given. How blessed he is. The true love supreme being God.