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Coltrane goes platinum

Coltrane goes platinum

This article was posted on 22 Jan 2022.

John’s Coltrane album A Love Supreme has been certified platinum in the US by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) 56 years after its original release. It marks the saxophonist’s first platinum record and the first jazz LP of the 1960s to receive the certification, meaning it has achieved sales of one million copies.

Widely considered Coltrane’s magnum opus, A Love Supreme consists of a single, 33-minute suite in four parts. It was recorded in one session on 9 December 1964 at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, with Coltrane, on tenor sax throughout, leading his ‘classic quartet’ of pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones.

Coltrane’s son Ravi and daughter Michelle received a platinum plaque for the album in a ceremony at the John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, which is also where their father composed A Love Supreme.

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