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A Love Supreme
Composer: John Coltrane

A theme from A Love Supreme is briefly played by Keith Godchaux during the closing jam of a performance of Let It Grow during a 1976 Grateful Dead show. There may be other quotes from the composition during other Grateful Dead shows.

Jams based on parts of A Love Supreme have been played by The Dead, Dead & Company, Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends and Bob Weir & Wolf Bros.

A Love Supreme is a suite in four parts that was first recorded by John Coltrane in December 1964. The album A Love Supreme was released in January 1965. All tracks on the original album are played by the John Coltrane Quartet.

The Dead related Love Supreme jams are generally jams based on just one theme from the suite. Recordings by others listed below may be covers of the entire suite, such as the Branford Marsalis album Footsteps Of Our Fathers, but they are more likely to be recordings of one part of the suite or of improvisations based on themes from the suite.



John Coltrane

no info A Love Supreme, John Coltrane, 1965
no info The Best Of: His Greatest Years, John Coltrane, 1970
no info Impulse Energy Essentials: A Developmental & Historical Introduction to the New Music, Various Artists, 1972
no info Reflection on Creation and Space (A Five Year View), Alice Coltrane, 1973
no info A John Coltrane Retrospective: The Impulse! Years, John Coltrane, 1992
no info Live In Antibes, 1965, John Coltrane, 1993
no info It's A Matter Of Pride: A Salute To Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Black History, Various Artists, 1993
no info Act On Impulse, Various Artists, 1995
no info Priceless Jazz Collection, John Coltrane, 1997
no info The Classic Quartet: Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings, John Coltrane, 1998
no info Impulse! Now And Then, Various Artists, 1998
no info All That Jazz III, Various Artists, 1998
no info Ken Burns Jazz: The Story Of America's Music, Various Artists, 2000
no info Desert Island Discs: Music You Gotta Have, Various Artists, 2000
no info The Very Best Of John Coltrane, 2001
no info Spiritual, John Coltrane, 2001
info Back to Black: 1900-1999, Various Artists, 2001
no info Legacy, John Coltrane, 2002
no info Jazz: The First 100 Years, Various Artists, 2002
no info The Impulse Story, John Coltrane, 2006
no info Gold John Coltrane, 2006
no info To Go, John Coltrane, 2006
no info The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, Various Artists, 2006
no info The Jazz Album 2006, Various Artists, 2006
no info The Impulse! Albums: Volume Two, John Coltrane, 2008
no info A Man Called Trane, John Coltrane, 2008
no info Live In France 1965 (DVD), John Coltrane, 2011
no info Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, Various Artists, 2011
no info A Love Supreme: Complete Masters, John Coltrane, 2015
no info Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, John Coltrane, 2017
no info A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle, John Coltrane, 2021
no info Favorites Revisited : Naima / My Favorite Things / A Love Supreme, John Coltrane Quartet, 2022

The Dead

info Morrison, CO - June 20, 2004, The Dead, 2004
info Boston, MA - July 30, 2004, The Dead, 2004

Dead & Company

info New York, NY, 14 Nov, 2017
info New York, NY, 15 Jun, 2018
info Hollywood, CA, 4 Jun, 2019
info Camden, NJ, 20 Jun, 2019

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros

no info 03/06/20, Knoxville, TN, 2020

Other recordings

This list is not intended to be comprehensive

no info Head Start, Bob Thiele Emergency, 1969
no info Infant Eyes, Doug Carn, 1971
no info World Galaxy, Alice Coltrane, 1971
info Love Devotion Surrender, Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, 1973
no info Born To Love You, Luis Gasca, 1974
no info The Impulse Years, Elvin Jones, 1974
no info Live In Japan 1978: Dear John C, Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, 1978
no info The Best Of, John McLaughlin, 1980
no info Eight Jazz Originals: John Coltrane, Volume 28, Jamey Aebersold, 1983
no info Marc Johnson, 1986
no info Will Downing, Will Downing, 1988
no info A Love Supreme 12" Single, Will Downing, 1988
no info Remembering John, McCoy Tyner, 1991
no info Red Hot On Impulse!, Various Artists (Alice Coltrane), 1991
no info Traces of Trane, Peter Herborn, 1992
no info Afrodisiac, Rastine, 1992
no info Very Rare, Elvin Jones, 1993
no info Kulture Jazz, Wadada Leo Smith, 1994
no info Live at the Village Vanguard Volume One, Elvin Jones, 1994?
no info Tribute To John Coltrane: A Love Supreme, Elvin Jones Special Quartet, 1994
no info Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, Various Artists (2 versions), 1994
no info Settegast Strut, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, 1995
no info After The Rain, Harold Danko, 1995
no info Gettin' There: Solo Piano, Mickey Tucker, 1995
no info CSQ Volume II, Cecilia Smith Quartet, 1995
info Eternity Blue, Henry Kaiser, 1995
no info Mango Theory, Flying Monkey Orchestra, 1995
no info Pursuance: The Music Of John Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, 1996
no info This Is Jazz, John McLaughlin, 1996
no info The Latin Side Of John Coltrane, Conrad Herwig, 1996
no info Coltrane King, The Jack Brothers, 1996
no info Big Band Trane, Bob Mintzer, 1996
no info The Best Of Doug Carn, 1996
no info Ode to the Living Tree, Andrew Cyrille Quintet, 1997
no info One On One, Karin Krog, 1997
no info Marlon's Mode, Marlon Jordan, 1997
no info Round Trip, Keith Copeland/Tommy Halferty/Ronan Guilfoyle, 1997
no info Brotherly Love, Rufus Harley, 1998
no info Five Minutes to Madness and Joy, Jim Ridl Trio, 1999
no info Brotherzone, Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Brotherzone, 1999
no info Tracks, Mel Rhyne, 1999
no info Octet Plays Trane, David Murray Octet, 2000
no info No Room For Argument, Wallace Roney, 2000
no info Out Takes: Live in Chicago, Kurt Elling, 2000
no info Compassion: Solo Piano, LeeAnn Ledgerwood, 2000
no info Toy Trumpet, Brad Goode, 2000
no info Pa' Lante, Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet, 2001
info Divine Light: Reconstructions & Mix Translation, Carlos Santana and Bill Laswell, 2001
no info Divine Light, Carlos Santana, 2001
no info Footsteps Of Our Fathers, Branford Marsalis Quartet, 2002
no info A Love Supreme: The Collection, Will Downing, 2002
no info Canterbury House Easter Jazz Vigil, Stephen Rush & Quartex, 2002
no info Test Pattern, The Aimless Blades, 2002
no info Performs Coltrane's Love Supreme Live In Amsterdam, Branford Marsalis Quartet, 2004
no info Translinear Light, Alice Coltrane, 2004
no info A Love Supreme, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis, 2004
no info Remember Trane And Bird, The Dynamic Duo: Rashied Ali & Arthur Rhames, 2004
no info Listen To This, Frank Haunschild & John Stowell, 2004
no info She Loves You, The Twilight Singers, 2004
no info Twilight: Live! Viva In Italia, The Twilight Singers, 2004
no info A Guitar Supreme: Giant Steps In Fusion Guitar, Various Artists (Eric Johnson), 2004
no info Love Is The Answer, Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio, 2005
no info Echu Mingua, AngŠ, 2005
no info Maintain!, Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet, 2005
no info "Happy Birthday Trane": Live In Los Angeles, Dr. Robert Stewart & Sonny Simmons, 2006
no info Old School - New Lessons, Bob Mintzer Big Band, 2006
info Express Yourself: Soul in the 20th Century, Various Artists (Will Downing), 2006
no info The Essential John McLaughlin, 2007
no info Hymns For Peace: Live At Montreux 2004, Sanata, 2007
no info A Love Supreme: The Legacy Of John Coltrane, Turtle Island String Quartet, 2007
no info Blood Red, Tom Vincent, 2008
no info Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Coltrane Configurations, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, 2009
no info Music Of John Coltrane, Dominic Duval / Jimmy Halperin / Brian Willson, 2010
no info Chim Chim Cheree, Eric Alexander Quartet, 2010
no info Platinum, John "JR" Robinson, 2010
no info Live At Vassar 1970, Joe McPhee Quintet / Ernie Bostic Quartet, 2011
no info Impressions Of John Coltrane, Alan Skidmore Quartet, 2011
no info Greatest Hits: Live At Montreux 2011, Sanata, 2011
no info Quadrante, Armando Battiston, 2011
no info Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment, 2012
no info The Art Of The Soprano, Vol. 1, Sam Newsome, 2012
no info The Messenger, Kevin Eubanks, 2013
no info Live At Montreux 2011: Invitation To Illumination (DVD), Santana & McLaughlin, 2013
no info Plays A Love Supreme, Jonas Kullhammar Quartet, 2013
no info John Coltrane: A Love Supreme, Dal Sasso / Belmondo Big Band, 2014
no info Don't Just Sing: An Anthology: 1963-1999, Karin Krog, 2015
no info Homage To John Coltrane, Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco, 2015
no info Green Trane: Plays The Music Of John Coltrane, NoŽl Akchotť, 2015
no info Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute, Steve Heckman, 2016
no info A Love Supreme, Sapropelic Pycnic, 2016
no info Afro Cuban Supreme, Fredrik Kronkvist, 2017
no info Embodying The Light: A Dedication To John Coltrane, Tommy Smith, 2017
no info Amour, T.K. Blue, 2017
no info Play A Love Supreme, The Mattson 2, 2018
no info Trane Of Thought: Live At The Rex, Pat LaBarbera / Kirk MacDonald Quintet, 2019
no info A Love Supreme & Meditations, A Love Supreme Electric, 2020
no info Pursuance: The Coltranes, Lakecia Benjamin, 2020
no info Plays For Trane, Elin Forkelid, 2020
no info Cuneiform Records: The Albums Of 2020, Various Artists (A Love Supreme Electric), 2021

 
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