John Coltrane: The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost


The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost


John Coltrane (tenor sax, percussion)


Meditations (Impulse A-9110)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax, percussion), Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax, tambourine, bells), Jimmy Garrison (bass), McCoy Tyner (piano), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by John Coltrane


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., November 23, 1965


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

If you break down that melody and just play it like a scale, itís a simple, beautiful meditation on those intervals and themes, played through all the keys. Thatís another record that my dad really loved, and he went down to the basement to put it on a lot, so I heard it often without actually listening to it myself. At the time, I was trying to learn how to play the saxophone, so I was more into Bird and Diz, earlier Coltrane, and Sonny with Max, but subliminally, from hearing this piece in particular, ďThe Father, Son and the Holy Ghost,Ē all of a sudden I found myself practicing a different way without even thinking about itójust simple little things on the horn that I was working on, but playing them in different keys, practicing them in a more peaceful way instead of just running through them technically on the horn. There were some things in that approach that have stayed with me, that Iím trying to develop to this day.

Reviewer: Joe Lovano

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