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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!
Description The John Coltrane: Omnibook contains over 50 pieces as played by John Coltrane ... more
himself. This vast collection is perfect for any B Flat Saxophonist's collection, who maybe wishing to follow in the tracks of the Train. John Coltrane was one of the worlds most influential Jazz Saxophonists of all time, helping to pioneer the use of modes in jazz, and was later at the forefront of free Jazz. This vast collection of pieces includes, amongst many others, Blue Train which was possibly one of Coltrane's most famous and recognisable pieces. 26-2 Acknowledgement Airegin Alabama All Blues All Or Nothing At All Bessie's Blues Blue Train (Blue Trane) Body And Soul By The Numbers Bye Bye Blackbird Cattin' Central Park West Chasin' The Trane Countdown Cousin Mary Crescent Eclypso Equinox Giant Steps Goldsboro Express Grand Central Impressions In A Sentimental Mood India Just For The Love Lazy Bird Like Sonny (Simple Like) Locomotion Lonnie's Lament Lush Life Mary's Blues Moment's Notice Mr. P.C. My Favorite Things My One And Only Love Naima (Niema) Nita Oleo Omicron Paul's Pal Pursuance Russian Lullaby So What Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Some Other Blues Spiral Syeeda's Song Flute Theme For Ernie Velvet Scene We Six Witches Pit