Earlier this year, jazz artist Shabaka Hutchings announced that he would be retiring as a saxophonist (but not as a musician/performer altogether). Today, he announced that his final performance as a saxophonist would be a live performance of John Coltrane’s legendary 1965 album A Love Supreme, which will take place at ICA London on December 7. The performance will also feature four drummers—his former Sons of Kemet bandmate Tom Skinner, Eddie Hick, Jas Keyser and Moses Boyd, plus guitarist Dave Okumu and bassist Tom Herbert. It follows Hutchings’ recent performance of Promises, the late Pharoah Sanders’ collaboration with Floating Points, at the Hollywood Bowl.
Hutchings said in a statement on Instagram, “I’ve always wanted to play this piece but felt a sense of reverence precede a hesitance in approaching this important expression of spirituality. Now that my time with the saxophone is coming to a close however I’m allowing myself the indulgence of playing what I want to my home crowd. It will be one to remember.”
A Love Supreme is featured on our list of the Best Albums of the 1960s.