John Coltrane, Evolution

The sound ouroborus:

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Recorded in Seattle on 9/30/1965, Evolution is the fifth track from Coltrane’s Live in Seattle. Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner, Donald Garrett, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones all gradually subsume themselves into whirling vortices of sound and noise that eventually become a magnificent cacophony, nearly indistinguishable from the most chaotic black metal, grindcore, or any other form of extreme music.

Toward the end of the piece (it’s 36:10), Coltrane chants Om deeply– he’s said in interviews that he “ran out of things to say” (on the horn) and chanted.

It’s extreme in every sense of the word.

It’s devout in every sense of the word.

It’s the point where all music meets: the upward screech to the Creator, to God, to the void.

Shut your eyes, get sleepy, get stoned, get drunk, do what you have to do to commune with this.

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