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The version of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme that we all know—recorded in Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, studio on December 9, 1964 and released by Impulse! Records in January 1965—stands as a pinnacle both of the saxophonist/composer’s work and of the jazz genre. Its hallowed status and its mystique have been at least slightly strengthened by the fact that there are so few other versions. In 2002, the one then-known live recording of A Love Supreme, from a July 1965 festival performance in Antibes, France, was released officially. But that’s been it. Until now. Coltrane scholars had long been aware that A Love Supreme was played live in its entirety on at least one other occasion, on October 2, 1965, during a weeklong residency at the Penthouse in Seattle. What wasn’t known—or had been forgotten—was that Joe Brazil, a Seattle-based saxophonist, educator, and good friend of Coltrane’s, had recorded this performance using the club’s house gear: two microphones and an Ampex reel-to-reel tape machine. After the show, Brazil took the tapes and stored them in his personal archive, where they remained for the next five decades. Their existence was only discovered well after Brazil’s death in 2008. On October 8, we can all finally get to hear what was in Brazil’s vault, when Impulse! releases A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle. Unlike the Antibes performance, which featured Coltrane in his standard quartet setting with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones, the Seattle version expands the group to include tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, alto saxophonist Carlos Ward, and second bassist Donald “Rafael” Garrett.