John Coltrane (featuring Elvin Jones): Pursuance
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
A Love Supreme (Impulse A 77)
Composed by John Coltrane.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 9, 1964
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
An extended unaccompanied solo by Elvin Jones opens "Pursuance," the 10-minute, up-tempo third movement of A Love Supreme. Attempting to bridge the gap between hard bop, bebop and free jazz with a sustained musical intensity derived from Coltrane's spiritual ambition, Jones's solo is powerfully free while preserving the phrasing of a traditional drum solo. An extended Tyner solo commences when the drum solo concludes, featuring a classic example of the Elvin-&-McCoy build with their simultaneous blurring of barline after barline. As with most Tyner/Jones interactions, this ends with the quarter-note triplet figure leading to Trane's sublime reentry. All four musicians then blend beautifully at an amazingly intense level until Coltrane, Tyner and Jones exit to allow for Jimmy Garrison's solo. An ultimate classic performance of the Classic Coltrane Quartet.
Reviewer: Eric Novod