John Coltrane

John Coltrane - Coltranes Influence Enormous impact on...

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John Coltrane 1926-1967 After Charlie Parker, the most widely imitated saxophonist in Jazz. Came to fame in 1955 with the Miles Davis quintet. Worked with Monk in 1957, an important period. Addiction to drugs/alcohol disrupted his career. Coltrane (Trane) Overcame the addictions. (1957) A Love Supreme celebrates this victory and the religious experience associated with it. Believed in a universal musical structures which transcended ethnic distinctions. ( Musica universalis ) Turned to radical musical styles in the mid 1960s. Attracted large audiences. After his death, he acquired a cult-like following. Church in San Francisco bears his name. http://www.saintjohncoltrane.com/ Coltrane’s Music One of his main objectives was to elaborate the full implications of bop chord progressions. Improvised from formulae Pattern oriented, rigid eighth note repetitions. Impressive technique yielded sheets of sound. Entrenched in the Thesaurus of Musical Scales by Nicholas Slonimsky.
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Unformatted text preview: Coltranes Influence Enormous impact on contemporaries and future players. Re-established soprano saxophone as a modern jazz instrument. He sold hundreds of thousands of albums in his final years, & established Avant-Garde jazz as popular music. (Temporary) Coltrane Listening Blue Train Giant Steps My Favorite Things A Love Supreme Jupiter Coltrane Quotes I never thought about whether or not people understand what I'm doing. The emotional reaction is all that matters. As long as there's some feeling of communication, it isn't necessary that it be understood. You can play a shoestring if you're sincere. I think I was first awakened to musical exploration by Dizzy Gillespie and Bird. It was through their work that I began to learn about musical structures and the more theoretical aspects of music. All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws....
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