“He’s nihilistic. He’s taking standards and recasting them. He’s anti-jazz.” They [the critics] went on and on. And when he came out with A Love Supreme, how could this man have anger? Why is power and the expression of the power of God, why was it so misrepresented as anger?
…Eventually people really began to understand that this man, and all that power and thunder that they heard, was not in anger. We need thunder and lightning sometimes to let us know it’s going to rain. Well, we are in California, we had a five-year drought at one time, so I know that people would be rejoicing to hear the sound of the thunder, and to know that the rains will come.”
~ alice coltrane