A Love Supreme: Resolution


"Resolution" features Tyner's brilliant, yet not totally melodic, piano solo. Coltrane follows with jagged statements of bursts and energetic squeals. These are reflected in the pattern of black-tipped leaves that are arranged in four-part symmetry. Central to this collection is a Mandelbrot midget, attesting to the underlying unity of both pieces.

This series is based on John Coltrane's 1964 album, "A Love Supreme." The four-part suite was revealed to Coltrane all at once in a dream, and was recorded as a testament to his spiritual awakening. As critic Chip Stern writes, "'A Love Supreme' heralded Coltrane's search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms..." The suite was performed by Coltrane's quartet of himself on tenor saxophone, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones.

 © 2001 Kerry Mitchell