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 Posted:   Dec 3, 2010 - 9:18 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)



Do yourself a favor, and spend a few mintues of your life listening closely to the music in the clip above. Put everything else out of your mind, and just try to absorb it all at once. Listen to the musical conversation.

 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2010 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

A Love Supreme is an obvious masterpiece, but my favorite is the album that preceded it, Crescent. It's often said to be the calm before A Love Supreme's storm.

 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2010 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Love Love Supreme.
But I love him also as gigantic "sideman" starting from Davis' Kind of Blue experience.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Do yourself a favor, and spend a few mintues of your life listening closely to the music in the clip above. Put everything else out of your mind, and just try to absorb it all at once. Listen to the musical conversation.

Most here won't, not with the current "no more front logo on inserts?" crisis in full swing. wink

One of the many tragedies of this board is that a thread on John Coltrane gets fewer posts than a topic on "Carey Mulligan." I'll bet a thread on Gerry Mulligan gets even less responses than this one.

Let the appreciation continue. "Afro Blue":

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Thanks Jim for the help with embedding!. Here's one of my favorites 'Blue Train'

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Embedding never seems to work for me but here's one of my favorites 'Blue Train'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpZHUVjQydI&feature=fvst


Peter, just put:

"youtube" (without quotes) in brackets at the beginning of your link and "/youtube" in brackets at the end.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Just one more. Fabulous intro by Coltrane followed by a beautiful vocal from Johnny Hartman.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Just one more. Fabulous intro by Coltrane followed by a beautiful vocal from Johnny Hartman.

Excellent call, Peter. My wife Holly and I danced to this song at our wedding reception, and have always considered it "our" song. Simply gorgeous.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Well done Josh and Holly, it must have been great to dance to 'My One and Only Love ' at your wedding!!

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The Coltrane/Hartman album is a great "Autumn" album; appropriate given that the last song on the album is "Autumn Serenade."

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)





P.S. for a TRUE listening experience, play both video clips simultaneously. MIND BLOW!

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2010 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Well done Josh and Holly, it must have been great to dance to 'My One and Only Love ' at your wedding!!

It was something I'll never forget...

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Sad that John Coltrane died so young in July 1967 at the age of 40. The number of recordings he performed on is huge, almost as if he knew he was running out of time.

I always enjoy 'Giant Steps' the title track of Coltrane's 1960 album. The first for which all tracks were composed by, Coltrane, himself

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2011 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2011 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Coltrane had almost as many phases as Miles did. It's always the great artists who grow and challenge themselves, experiment, and innovate. It's hard to believe that Coltrane and Sonny Rollins started off neck and neck in the late 1950s, with Sonny having the early "lead." Coltrane eventually blew--no pun intended--past him and everyone else on tenor-and soprano sax, too. The only problem now is that there are zillions of Coltrane-influenced soundalikes on tenor sax!

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2011 - 5:06 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The first Coltrane album I bought was Giant Steps, the first one that really hooked me was the aforementioned Crescent. This NPR blog asks the same question: What's the first John Coltrane album you fell in love with?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2010/09/23/130086030/what-s-the-first-john-coltrane-album-you-fell-in-love-with

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2011 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

What's the first John Coltrane album you fell in love with?

For me, it was the 1962 Impulse! album simply titled "Coltrane" (not to be confused with the 1957 Prestige album of the same name). If I remember correctly, it was also the first Coltrane CD I ever purchased. The album straddles the fence both chronologically and stylistically between his more traditional hard bop recordings and the more experimental free-form style that he and his amazing quartet (featuring my favorite drummer of all time, Elvin Jones, whom I like to call The Octopus) would explore and develop well into the 60s.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2013 - 10:38 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Feast your ears upon Elvin "The Octopus" Jones as he beats the skins and cymbals into submission:



Followed by an incredible solo by pianist McCoy Tyner, who also seems to have a few more hands than humans are naturally allotted.

The glorious insanity only escalates from there...

Jimmy Garrison on bass? Virtuosic.

Yet Coltrane himself is as always the sculptor, molding with his saxophone and narrating with his soul.

Genius. Master. Creator.

Conduit of the ultimate spirit.

Sub freakin' lime.

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2013 - 4:30 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Great track, Josh. Thanks for posting the vid.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2013 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Not Coltrane, but a Trane acolyte and bandmate, Archie Shepp. Shepp gets his groove on in Blues for Brother George, from the 1972 album ATTICA BLUES.

 
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