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It is a classic among jazz classics.

Verve Music Group earlier this month released John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters ” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its recording on December 19, 1964.

John Coltrane
John Coltrane

The four-part suite includes an alternate version, taken from the reels of Coltrane’s personal collection along with revised notes and detailed information about the lost session.

Coltrane recorded “A Love Supreme” with Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner in New Jersey’s Van Gelder Studio. The next day saxophonist Archie Shepp and second bassist Dr. Art Davis returned to the studio to record the opening part of the suite again.

“A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters” reveals how the masterpiece came together from its initial conception as a nine-piece performance and how it changed and developed in the studio.

The Complete Masters is different from the 2002 edition because it features all six takes of “Acknowledgement.” The Complete Masters is available in two formats: a 2-CD set, including the original bestselling album and a mono “reference” version of two tracks owned by Coltrane. There are also rare photographs from the sessions and Coltrane’s surviving music sketches.

The release on November 6th also kicked off a celebration of Verve’s 60th anniversary.

Sheriff of Cook County Jail honored for his work in mental health

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Cook County IL Sheriff Tom Dart has received the Criminal Justice Visionary Award from the New York affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

The Cook County Jail, which is based in Chicago, is the nation’s largest mental health institution and Dart has emerged as a national advocate for the mentally ill.

In August 2014, Dart opened a first of its kind mental health transition center in Cook County Jail, providing comprehensive mental health treatment, job skills training and family support for mentally ill inmates.

Legislation introduced to improve older Americans’ access to mental health services

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee

Three members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate have introduced legislation that will improve older Americans’ access to mental health services by updating the way Medicare reimburses clinical social workers, according to NASW News.

“The Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015” was introduced Oct. 8 by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D., Mich., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D., Md., and Rep. Barbara Lee, D., Calif.

All three lawmakers are social workers and members of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, according to NASW News.

Black journalists reception scheduled

The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 40th anniversary reception Dec. 12 in the AFL-CIO Building, 815 Sixteenth Street, N.W. in Washington D.C. The event is called “Building our Future.”

It starts at 2 p. m. and tickets are $40.


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