Influential Album: "A Love Supreme" by John Coltrane
Whether it is a live radio show or even talking with friends/others, a similar question comes about asking "what was an influential album that made you want to do music full time or just play in general?" This is a very open ended question due to the fact that there are so many great albums done by great musicians but there is one jazz album that really stands out for me above the rest. That one album is by John Coltrane entitled "A Love Supreme".
I am not going to lie, when I first was introduced to this album around late high school, I didn't give it the time of day because I wasn't really into John Coltrane's playing due to all the screeching of the horn and fast playing. It wasn't until around my Senior year of college that I would pick up the album again and listen to it. I tried to put aside preconceived thoughts that I had during my earlier years when first listening. When I sat down and really concentrated on every note/structure of the song, I have never been so blown away. Throughout this album, there are different suites as you will. The first section, Acknowledgment, opens up with a riff that is played throughout the song which is a very sweet sounding timbre. Later throughout you basically get a snapshot of what John Coltrane encountered throughout his career as a musician. For those of you that didn't know, Coltrane was consumed by the drugs/alcohol for a long time until he decided to lock himself in a room and quit cold-turkey. He knew that if he didn't change his lifestyle, he would either keep with what he was doing and be consumed by the devil's temptation or change for the better for himself/his family in which he would turn to God for guidance.
This album conveys a raw emotion through Coltrane's playing. You can hear all the screaming that was going on through his head that was emulated through the horn as well as the sweet sounds later in the album that showed hopefulness and perseverance through adversity. When critical listening, I felt that emotion he was trying to bring to the surface in the listener and that's when I knew music was something that I want to do full-time. I want the music I create to strike emotion that Coltrane does whenever I listen to his work.