Years had passed since I’d heard John Coltrane’s 1964 recording, “A Love Supreme,” with his classic quartet. Naturally, it would have been ideal to hear it again before watching a 2003 rendition from the Branford Marsalis Quartet, performed at the Bimhuis Jazz Club in Amsterdam.
This 2004 DVD release under the Marsalis Music label provided a sort on seminar on this work, in the sense that all of musicians interviewed discussed the piece as they saw it and “felt it.” In addition to Branford Marsalis (1960-), the performers included Joey Calderazzo (1965-), Eric Revis (1967-) and Jeff “Tain” Watts (1960-). Also interviewed were Michael Brecker (1949-2007), Charles Ned Goold (1959-), David Sánchez (1968-), and Miguel Zenón (1976-). However, the longest discussion on the disc was Branford Marsalis’ interview of John Coltrane’s widow, Alice (1937-2007), which exceeded 30 minutes. Although her ramblings were not always eloquent, the recollections she provided of her husband were priceless.
The actual performance of approximately 48 minutes was impressive, with particularly noteworthy contributions from Calderazzo and Marsalis. I felt that this set admirably captured the piece. This is the kind of Jazz which “matters,” as it both challenges and inspires. Check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.