The Hanrahan Quartet Performing
John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”
Thursday, January 9
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“The Hanrahan Quartet embrace, honor, and nurture a masterpiece.” – Chicago Tribune
The Hanrahan Quartet celebrates the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s landmark recording, A Love Supreme. Led by Santa Cruzan John Hanrahan on drums, the critically-acclaimed Chicago-based group features Brian Gephart on saxophone, Brother John Kattke on piano, and Chris Bernhardt on bass. Together they will perform Coltrane’s epic suite in all four-parts: Acknowledgement; Resolution; Pursuance, and Psalms. Recorded in 1964 for the Impulse record label, A Love Supreme, was a stark departure from Coltrane’s previous work. As much a meditation on the legendary saxophonist’s spiritual aspirations as it was a powerful artistic statement, Coltrane’s recording still reigns supreme as a continuing influence on modern jazz five decades later, as 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of this land-mark recording.
In the album’s original liner notes and poem, Coltrane posited a re-affirmation of his pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, and a determination to use music as positive force in the world. He had struggled with drug addiction in the past, but as he wrote, “During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life.” Although his road to recovery had momentary lapses, by the time Coltrane entered the recording studio in December of 1964, he was a man at peace with his personal struggles and a mature artist recognized for his innovative approach, an approach that would influence generations of saxophonists to follow.
The music of A Love Supreme is essentially a four-part suite, individually titled Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, and Psalm. The four note bass ostinato, played by Jimmy Garrison, provides the central theme re-appearing throughout the piece and acts as a touchstone for the open improvisations by Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones. By this time, the members of the quartet had been performing together for several years. From the opening instrumental invocations to the finale, the Coltrane quartet’s mutual rapport is evident in the way they listen and respond to one another. That same rapport can be found in the Hanrahan quartet’s heartfelt tribute to John Coltrane’s timeless masterpiece. This is a tribute well worth any Coltrane fan’s time.
The Hanrahan Quartet Performing John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”
DATE: Thursday, January 9, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $12/Adv $17/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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