A Tribute To… John Coltrane

John William Coltrane, also known as “Trane” (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.

As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane and their son Ravi Coltrane is also a saxophonist. Coltrane influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant saxophonists in jazz history. He received many posthumous awards and recognitions, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane and a special Pullitzer Price in 2007.

John Coltrane recorded for several record labels…here’s a few :

Prestige and Blue Note Records :

* Coltrane (debut solo LP) (1957)

*Blue Train (1957)

*John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio (1958)

*Soultrane (1958)

Atlantic Records :

* Giant Steps (first album entirely of Coltrane compositions) (1960)

*Coltrane Jazz (first appearance by McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones) (1961)

*My Favorite Things (1961)

*Olé Coltrane (features Eric Dolphy, compositions by Coltrane and Tyner) (1961)

Impulse! Records :

*Africa/Brass (brass arranged by Tyner and Dolphy) (1961)

Live! At The Village Vanguard (features Dolphy, first appearance by Jimmy Garrison) (1962)

*Coltrane (first album to solely feature the “classic quartet”) (1962)

*John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963)

*Impressions (1963)

*Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1964)

*Live At Birdland (1964)

*A Love Supreme (1965)

*New Thing At Newport (live with Archie Shepp) (1966)

And here are some tribute cloudcasts to the master and his music…

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