John Coltrane's MeditationsThe first John Coltrane recording I owned was Meditations. I was just getting into jazz back then and this was one of three albums that I had. This was the wrong place to start. I had been listening to new age music and some Dizzy Gillespie. I though jazz was like the sound of falling rain. When I heard the first notes of Father, Son, Holy Spirit, I thought a mountain had fallen on me. I knew enough to know, it could be good, it could be crap but I had no standard by which to judge this music. I decided to go on a path of study. I started listening to jazz of the 40's and fifties. I listened to big band and Charlie Parker. Then I got into Miles Davis in all of his incarnations. I read books, worked my way up all the masters. In about a year of educating myself, I knew how to listen to this album. And now I love avant guard music. And John Coltrane is a favorite.
holloway64 46-50, M 0 Oct 21, 2012