Duke Performances scored big last night with an informal lecture by Bradford Marsalis and Ashley Kahn on John Coltrane's seminal work, "A Love Supreme." Kahn wrote a book on Coltrane titled "A Love Supreme."
Included in the talk was rare film footage of Coltrane and his band playing the piece. Piano, McCoy Tyner; Tenor Sax, John Coltrane; Bass, Jimmy Garrison; Drums, Elvin Jones.
Marsalis recalled a comment by Jones about playing for Coltrane: "you have to be willing to die for the mother fucker." I've never seen anyone play drums like Jones. He carried the group along at a perfect tempo and volume.
Also attending the concert were the Campbell Brothers, masters of the slide guitar and pedal steel. I got to meet lead singer Phil and his son, Chuck, drummer. The group performs A Love Supreme tonight at Hayti.