What was it about this piece of music that was so stunning? Of course, the arrangement by Eric Dolphy alone is a marvel. The more I heard and learned about John Coltrane, the more I related him to my heroes of Indian classical music. It came as no surprise to later learn that Coltrane was deeply invested in all kinds of music, and Indian classical music was a particular favorite of his. In essence, he was in every way the embodiment of the True Artist as well as the Deep Thinker—my kind of hero.
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Always elusive, constantly moving, incessantly changing, John Coltrane stood astride the jazz world of the late '50s and '60s. He was a giant of the saxophone and a major composer. His music influenced both rock stars and classical musicians.
There was a mystical quality, a profound melancholy emanating from this quiet, self-contained man that moved listeners--some of whom Always elusive, constantly moving, incessantly changing, John Coltrane stood astride the jazz world of the late '50s and '60s. There was a mystical quality, a profound melancholy emanating from this quiet, self-contained man that moved listeners--some of whom knew little about music but heard something beyond music's boundaries in the sounds his saxophone created.
Thomas traces John Coltrane's life and career from his North Carolina childhood through his apprenticeship with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis, to its culmination in the saxophonist's classic quartet that played to steadily increasing audiences throughout America, Europe, and Japan. The author has drawn on the recollections of the people who knew Coltrane best--boyhood friends, band members like Elvin Jones, spiritual mentors like Ravi Shankar, and the women who loved him.
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Sort order. Start your review of Coltrane: Chasin' the Trane. This biography of Trane is both beautiful and informative. It does not bury you in musical scores as the Lewis Porter biography does. It presents Trane as a genius saxophonist from his childhood in North Carolina to his move to NYC, his getting picked up by Miles, how he kicked dope and how Miles launched him into his fantastic and legendary solo career. I found it highly readable and it sent me off listening to Trane classics for months afterwards.
View 2 comments. Jan 15, Aashish rated it really liked it. Helped me understand John Coltrane on a deeper level. Oct 23, Kurt rated it really liked it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't consider myself much of a Coltrane fan but I got this book for free and decided to read it. This lent me some appreciation for his music, which I went and listened to as a result, but some of it is still too out there for me, although I recognize the artistry involved in it now, and have some background as to where Coltrane was coming from and how he affected people, not just musically, but personally, as well.
I really love the Coltrane and Johnny Hartman I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really love the Coltrane and Johnny Hartman collaborations. Once Jazz goes into a more free form realm, I start to get lost and it doesn't speak to me. Not that it won't ever, possibly. Still, I enjoy getting acquainted with musicians and artists that I might at first find difficult. What's life without a struggle now and then? Jan 26, Tim Edison rated it really liked it Shelves: music.
I read this a few years ago so I'm probably not in a good position to review it at this point in time. I approached this book as a faithful devotee of John Coltrane's music so it was unlikely that I would be disappointed and alas I was not. The text is solid, economical and informative. This last quality is to me of the highest priority in a book such as this. What made this such a tremendous read is of course the enthralling and inspiring story of Coltrane's life.
From humble origins he rose to I read this a few years ago so I'm probably not in a good position to review it at this point in time. From humble origins he rose to prominence as a rhythm and blues saxophonist only to be struck down by the pain and degradation of addiction. He overcame this through what he personally described as a "spiritual awakening" and his subsequent catalogue of music often expressed the story of this awakening - never more fully and richly portrayed than in his magnus opus "A Love Supreme".
The story of Coltrane's life is almost as extraordinary as his music, but then again his music was very much the story of his life. View all 3 comments. Aug 04, Solor rated it it was amazing. The astonishing tale of a brilliant mind and an extraordinary musician - Beyond its searching lays the harmony. Feb 09, R.
Byers rated it really liked it. Dec 01, Michael Lauro rated it liked it. A telling glimpse into the hard life of a jazz musician. Nov 01, Rod rated it really liked it Shelves: music-biographies.
I read this and watched the Netflicks documentary on Coltrane. I also listened to 5 of his C. Yep, i'm more of a Miles Davis fan. People sure do have passionate, somewhat delusional, opinions about John Coltrane and his music. No doubt, the man could blow a sax - But all his hippy civil-rights new age crap gets real annoying. As a musician: WOW! Jimi Hendrix did the same things, only more musical But anything el I read this and watched the Netflicks documentary on Coltrane.
Jimi Hendrix did the same things, only more musical But anything else? No thanks. This biography from gives a rather dated but closer to the source take on Coltrane's life and work. I definitely learned a fair bit. Often from the great quotes from friends and legends - we even get insane babbling pseudo-spiritualizing from Carlos Santana. YES Carlos - i'm sure you're both musical gods sent from the cosmos to bless humanity and pilfered groupies everywhere.
It seems like many great jazz musicians just can't lay off the smack. It was a relief to see Coltrane get through it and make some great albums before he passed away. A brilliant musician. But a GOD? This book goes into detail about his health issues and endless mouth and teeth problems that affected his horn playing.
On the funny side: there's even mention of a church that somewhat deifies him with Buddha and Muhammad and Jesus. Ummh, Just no. Here's a ludicrous quote: "After Coltrane's death, a congregation called the Yardbird Temple in San Francisco began worshiping him as God incarnate. The group was named after Charlie Parker, whom they equated to John the Baptist. The congregation later became affiliated with the African Orthodox Church; this involved changing Coltrane's status from a god to a saint.
The resultant St. Coltrane may of had a fairly deep understanding of Jazz melodies and tone, but religion??? He was dumb as dirt. There's a quote in the book that has Coltrane question his Mistress hook-up as to whether she was a Christian cuz, he ain't having illicit sex outside of marriage and away from his wife and daughter with anyone but good Christian women.
THE vaulting-off point of Ben Ratliff's biography is the belief that John Coltrane, tenor and soprano saxophonist, was not only a towering performer but also the last major figure in the evolution of jazz. Indeed, jazz seemed to lose its way after he died in , aged For a jazzman, he kicked drugs and drink pretty early and afterwards led a remarkably suburban life. Rather, it is a biography of the Coltrane sound: an urgent, non-vibrato intensity that the saxophonist constantly reinvented—unlike most jazz musicians who professionally settle into a comfortable groove or who reinvent themselves at most once or twice in their lives. The Coltrane sound, unlike Charlie Parker's, did not spring fully formed on the listening public. Coltrane was something of a late and hesitant starter.
Coltrane: Chasin' the Trane
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Coltrane "Live" at the Village Vanguard is the tenth album by jazz musician John Coltrane and his first live album, released in February on Impulse Records , catalogue A In contrast to his previous album for Impulse! In , Coltrane created controversy both with the hiring of Eric Dolphy and with the kind of music his band was playing. In reaction to the Quintet's residency at the Village Vanguard in New York City starting in late October , Down Beat critic John Tynan described the group as "musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz" and "a horrifying demonstration of what appears to be a growing anti-jazz trend. It was the idea of new producer Bob Thiele to record Coltrane live over four nights in early November, Thiele meeting the saxophonist for the first time face-to-face at the club.