10 am, Washington St., The Combat Zone, Boston, MA, 1968 — Jerry Berndt
‘The worship of God is what we encourage, and we’re using the music of John Coltrane.’So says Bishop Franzo King, who with his wife, the Reverend Mother Marina King, founded the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco. Since its creation in 1971, it has evolved into the Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane Church.
The vibe is a rapturous out-of-your-head-ness, where instead of the choir and the hymn book there is the sinuous, transcendent music of the jazz-saint, John Coltrane.
In their magnificent and rarely seen film, the directors Jeff Swimmer and Gayle Gilman document life at the church, where music, in the words of the bishop, is for the ‘effectual transference of the Holy Spirit’, lighting the way towards a higher state of consciousness.
1. Swade- Always On My Mind
2. Plasir- Visa pour aimer
3. Alec Mansion- Quand Je Serais Grand
4. JM Black- Lipstick Shout
5. Klaps- All The Way You Move
6. Bernard Guyan – Polar (T’aurais Du Te Tirer)
7. David Simon- Transistor
8. V.O- C’est Comme Ca L’Ete
9. Joy OST- Gods Of Love
10. Alex Mansion- En volant
11. Night Force- N.A.T.H
12. Plasir- Fou de toi
Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, and Horace Silver on the cover of Down Beat, 1973.
Jamel Shabazz - A young couple from the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, 1980
Rufus & Chaka Khan- Sweet Thing
1. Loose Ends- Gonna Make You Mine
2. Kerr- Back At Ya
3. Kopper- Velocity
4. Gloria D. Brown- The More They Knock
5. Firefox- Fire
6. Ron Banks- This Love Is Real
7. Sensation- Lovergirl
8. The Domino Band- Fool In Love
9. Ren Woods- Get It Right
10. Kids At Work- She’s My Baby
Yvonne Gage - Lover Of My Dreams (1984)