Wild Up Adapts John Coltrane’s Ascension

Source: San Francisco Classical Voice.

One of the most polarizing albums of all time was John Coltrane’s 1965 free jazz manifesto, Ascension. Many of Coltrane’s devoted fans, even those who could take the atonal flights of Live at the Village Vanguard or Transition, retreated in horror when this boiling 40-minute cauldron of abrasive, violent, yet logically organized sound came out. It solidified Coltrane’s position as the spearhead of the jazz avant-garde, and some thought it reflected the anger of the emerging black-power movement as well as Coltrane’s endless search for spiritual meaning.