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John Coltrane is definitely one of the greatest tenor and soprano saxophonists ever, having also written many jazz standards, such as Blue Trane and Impressions.
At first, Coltrane started out as a clarinettist, and horn player, but at school he was influenced by hearing players including Lester Young and Johnny Hodges, causing him to switch to alto sax before switching to tenor sax after doing military service during world war two and playing in the U.S. Navy Band. Throughout his life, Coltrane was an alcoholic, and a heroin addict (finally dieing from liver cancer in 1967), but he managed to overcome this, and it was during overcoming his heroin addiction that he wrote perhaps his most important and prolific work - A Love Supreme - a four part work in which Coltrane tried to express his love for and worship of God, with Coltrane playing not from music, but from a prayer in the last movement - psalm.
Throughout his life, Coltrane was trying to push the boundaries of jazz, creating new and exciting music. Throughout his life,however there were also a few standards which he kept returning to, such as My Favourite Things, which he used to love to play, and would sometimes simply play this one tune for an entire concert!
I personally prefer some of Coltrane's earlier works - my favourite C.D. of his being Blue Trane (1957), because I find them easy to listen to, and featuring incredible solo's from Coltrane (i also like the trumpeter on this album - Lee Morgan ), with some of his later works, although being teachnichally phenomenal, being a little to pioneering for my taste (such as some of the tracks on "meditations" - 1965).
Coltrane, throughout his life, was lucky to get the chance to play with some of the greatest ever jazz musicians, including Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Thelonius Monk, Eric Dolphy and many others.
Coltrane is definitely one of the best saxophonists ever, and definitely worth a listen. Some Good C.D.'s you should check out are: Blue Trane, Giant Steps, Thelonius Monk with John Coltrane, A Love Supreme, ... and many others!
JOHN COLTRANE Coltranes Sound (Limited 2006 Japanese promotional 24-Bit mastered 8-track ... more
CD originally released in 1964 & recorded at Atlantic Studios during the sessions for My Favorite Things. Includes the bonus recordings 26-2 & Body & Soul - Alternate Take housed in a mini-LP replica silk laminated sleeve with Atlantic 60th Anniversary catalogue inner Japanese booklet & promo stickered obi) 1. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes 2. Central Park West 3. Liberia 4. Equinox 5. Satellite 6. 26-2 [Bonus Track]7. Body And Soul (Alternate Take) [Bonus Track]
JOHN COLTRANE Giant Steps (Limited 2006 Japanese 24-Bit mastered 15-track CD Tranes ... more
Atlantic debut from 1959 a landmark recording & one of the greatest musical achievements in American jazz. Includes the jaw-dropping rollercoaster ride of the title track & Countdown plus the beautiful mature ballad Naima written by Trane for his then-wife Juanita Naima Grubbs. Includes eight bonus alternate versions housed in a mini LP-style silk laminated sleeve complete with Atlant ic 60th Anniversary catalogue inner Japanese booklet & obi)ÞÞ1. Giant Steps 2. Cousin Mary 3. Countdown 4. Spiral 5. Syeedas Song Flute 6. Naima 7. Mr. P.C. 8. Giant Steps (alternate version 1) 9. Naima (alternate version 1) 10. C
10 John Coltrane Classics for Bb, Eb and C instruments. Includes a CD for improvisation ... more
study and performance. Each tune includes a split track with melody cue with proper style and inflection, professional rhythm tracks, choruses for soloing, removable piano part, an additional full stereo accompaniment track (no melody) and additional choruses for soloing.