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Saturday, October 7, 2017: A Coltrane Supreme: Love Supreme Tribute at Bar Robo

Tariq Amery ©Brett Delmage, 2017
Tariq Amery in a previous show at Bar Robo ©Brett Delmage, 2017

For any jazz saxophonist (or, for that matter, any jazz aficionado), John Coltrane is an essential listen. In his own quartets and playing with Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk, Coltrane was immeasurably influential as both a composer and a performer. His range was huge: from bebop to modal jazz to free jazz, from beautiful ballads to the angry avant-garde.

He recorded A Love Supreme 1964 with his quartet of pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones. It became that quartet's best-selling album, and is often considered Coltrane's masterpiece. It's a suite in four parts, and the love it refers to is a spiritual love and praise for God. It's an affirmation of faith, and the fourth section, "Psalm", is a musical interpretation of an original devotional poem by Coltrane.

As Coltrane himself said, "My goal is to live the truly religious life, and express it in my music. If you live it, when you play there's no problem because the music is part of the whole thing, To be a musician is really something. It goes very, very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am - my faith, my knowledge, my being."

At this show, a quartet of Ottawa musicians will recreate A Love Supreme – but in their own musical phrasing. Leading the quartet is fiery young saxophonist Tariq Amery. On piano is Peter Hum, and on drums is Amery's frequent collaborator Michel Delage. The bass lines, however, will be provided on tuba by Keith Hartshorn-Walton. The quartet will include a few other Coltrane tunes as well to fill out the evening.

Amery recently released his first CD, at a well-attended and highly enthusiastic concert.

Read our interview with Tariq about his CD and his all-encompassing love of live music: Tariq Amery captures his love affair with live music in his debut CD

Tariq Amery, Peter Hum, Keith Hartshorn-Walton, and Michel Delage will perform a tribute to John Coltrane's A Love Supreme at Bar Robo at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. The cover charge is $10. Bar Robo is located at 692 Somerset Street West, just west of Bronson Avenue, and is easily accessible by bike. OC Transpo routes 11 and 4 stop nearby, route 14 is about 5 minutes walk, and it's less than 10 minutes walk from the "Bay" stop on the Transitway.

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