Coltrane didn't always stay the clean course. As he also wrote in the album's notes, "As time and events moved on, I entered into a phase which is contradictory to the pledge and away from the esteemed path. But thankfully now, through the merciful hand of God, I do perceive and have been fully reinformed of his omnipotence. It is truly a love supreme. "The album is, in many ways, a reaffirmation of faith. And the suite lays out what you might call its four phases: "Acknowledgement," "Resolution," "Pursuance" and "Psalms. " A Love Supreme has even spawned something of a religious sect. Reverend Franzo Wayne King is pastor of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco.
Coltrane took control of every detail of the album, unlike any of his other works, including writing the liner Puma Velvet Fenty
quotes and a heavy dose of his music. Pastor King calls the album the cornerstone of his 200 member church. "When you look at the composition of titles and the sequence in which John has them laid Puma Velvet Creepers Sale out, we say that there's formula in that album. When he says, 'Acknowledgements, resolutions and pursuance,' it's like saying, 'Father, Son and Holy Ghost. ' It's like saying, 'Melody, harmony and rhythm. ' In other words, you have to acknowledge and then you resolve and then you pursue, and the manifestation of it is a love supreme. "While it's unknown whether Coltrane would have wanted to be worshiped or have his art deified, it's clear in every way that he saw A Love Supreme as much more than just another recording.
notes. Pastor King remembers the day his congregation made the discovery. "It was so funny. We were here. We had been collected as a community, and we used to just read it and try to put some passion in it, you know.
And then one day, we were reading the a.
notes and an accompanying poem. The poem, it's been discovered, is written to match the slow music of the fourth movement, "Psalms. " It's a connection Coltrane hints at cryptically in the liner Puma Creepers On Foot