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Not Suitable for Reproduction: Chuck Stewart's Unearthed Photos of John Coltrane During 'A Love Supreme' Recording Sessions Surface on NPR

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Apr 05, 2014 12:37 AM EDT

Photographer Chuck Stewart approached his assignments much like any other photographer, and those unpublished documents that record companies decided not to print would never see the light of day.

His son, David, recently scrolled through the more elder of his father's collection's to discover and undeveloped roll--or six--from December 1954. They were of none other than the famous saxophonoist John Coltrane at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. (give it up for the underappreciated Garden State, producer of some of the most famous artists of all time).

The record being tracked would be none other than the cornerstone LP of 20th-centruy jazz and popular music: A Love Supreme.

And in March, Stewart donated 25 some odd images of Coltrane and his Alice to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, including the seemingly "lesser" photographs he unearthed.

The announcement was made during the launch of Jazz Appreciation Month. The Stewart Estate gently asks not to reproduce these photos so kindly keep them out of ink.

So not for your viewing pleasure, gander at three photos of jazz, and music, history back over at the kind folks at NPR.

Yet, keep the tunes alive and listen to the full album documented by Stewart below.

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TagsJohn Coltrane, David Stewart, Chuck Stewart, Jazz Appreciation Month, Rudy Van Gelder, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

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