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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 Coltrane (1972 UK 10-track mono double LP repackaging of the 1958 Prestige ... more
albums Traneing In & Soultrane both with the Red Garland Trio as backing group. The gatefold picture sleeve has ring wear a vintage Dobells price sticker on the back & remains in nice shape. The vinyl discs are Excellent with just light evidence of play PR24003) Traneing InSlow DanceBass BluesYou Leave Me BreathlessSoft Lights And Sweet MusicGood BaitI Want To Talk About YouYou Say You CareTheme For ErnieRussian Lullaby
JOHN COLTRANE Lush Life (1984 German issue of the 1961 5-track stereo LP assembled from ... more
three separate recording sessions in 1957 & 58 this is a wonderful collection of hard bop tunes which includes Coltranes masterful interpretation of the Billy Strayhorn title tune. The sleeve shows little of its age & the vinyl looks barely played PR7188) Like Someone In Love I Love You Tranes Slow Blues Lush Life I Hear A Rhapsody