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  • Summary: The live recording of the jazz legend performance of the Love Supreme suite at Seattle's Penthouse club from October 1965 expanded the band to include Pharaoh Sanders, Carlos Ward, and Donald "Rafael" Garrett.
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  1. Oct 21, 2021
    100
    This is still music with a lot of virtuosity, and a great many notes, but it and its players are living its adaptability, as the evidence reveals all we have previously believed this composition to be, a confluence of free improvisation and what later became “spiritual jazz”. [Dec 2021, p.43]
  2. Oct 20, 2021
    100
    The movement back and forth between the chiselled simplicity of the core Suite itself and the freedom of the improvisations that spin out from them creates a sense of epic scale. It’s a more than worthy addition to the Coltrane recorded legacy.
  3. Nov 16, 2021
    95
    The burning energy of A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle is refreshing, its release a major moment in jazz music. ... Jazz fans may rejoice, as this much-needed revelation is everything we’d hoped it would be.
  4. Oct 20, 2021
    90
    For its imperfections, less than optimal sound quality (although particularly good considering the 56-year age of the tapes), a less than engaged at times McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, and what comes across as a feverish blowing session more so than a spiritual reckoning, it’s a jaw-dropping performance. ... Purists may still adhere to the studio version and deservedly so but nonetheless, that cannot diminish the importance of this recording in Coltrane’s legacy. It’s a revelation and it now invites a comparison of the two that none of us ever expected.
  5. Oct 20, 2021
    80
    Elvin Jones’s elemental muscularity is thunderously upfront in the mix, and Tyner often sounds like the man heading for the exit that he soon turned out to be – but this is a unique document of a landmark 20th-century band at a pivotal moment.
  6. Mojo
    Oct 20, 2021
    80
    The music's suboptimal sound quality is only a minor drawback to a sonic experience whose raw intensity is both disquieting and uplifting. [Nov 2021, p.102]
  7. Oct 22, 2021
    80
    It's a startling performance. The package design is simply stellar and the liner essays by critic/historian Ashley Kahn and Coltrane biographer Lewis Porter are educational, authoritative, and indispensable.

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