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“A Love Supreme” is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written and for many of us served as our first introduction to jazz; the album always makes me think of my father playing records on Sunday mornings when I was a child. It’s hard to imagine that its creator John Coltrane would go so unappreciated that his former Long Island home, where he composed his masterpiece and spent his final days, would be in danger of destruction, but for many years it has been.

From the BBC:

Nearly 50 years ago the Jazz legend John Coltrane locked himself away in the upstairs room of his home on New York’s Long Island. It was there that he wrote what many consider his masterpiece: A Love Supreme.

The house, where Coltrane also spent the last years of his life before dying from liver cancer, has been placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s most-endangered list.

Michael Maher met up with Coltrane’s musician son Ravi to hear about his memories growing up in the home where he father composed some of the classic jazz tunes.

Watch this short video about the effort to save his home, how the jazz master spent his time there, and listen to a few bars of his great music.

 

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