John Coltrane: His Life and Music

Lewis Porter


John Coltrane: His Life and Music

John Coltrane: His Life and Music

  • Title: John Coltrane: His Life and Music
  • Author: Lewis Porter
  • ISBN: 9780472086436
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback



John Coltrane was a key figure in jazz, a pioneer in world music, and an intensely emotional force whose following continues to grow This new biography, the first by a professional jazz scholar and performer, presents a huge amount of never before published material, including interviews with Coltrane, photos, genealogical documents, and innovative musical analysis that oJohn Coltrane was a key figure in jazz, a pioneer in world music, and an intensely emotional force whose following continues to grow This new biography, the first by a professional jazz scholar and performer, presents a huge amount of never before published material, including interviews with Coltrane, photos, genealogical documents, and innovative musical analysis that offers a fresh view of Coltrane s genius.Compiled from scratch with the assistance of dozens of Coltrane s colleagues, friends, and family, John Coltrane His Life and Music corrects numerous errors from previous biographies The significant people in Coltrane s life were reinterviewed, yielding new insights some were interviewed for the first time ever.The musical analysis, which is accessible to the nonspecialist, makes its own revelations for example, that some of Coltrane s well known pieces are based on previously unrecognized sources The Appendix is the most detailed chronology of Coltrane s performing career ever compiled, listing scores of previously unknown performances from the 1940s and early 1950s.Coltrane has become a musical inspiration for thousands of fans and musicians and a personal inspiration to as many For all of these, Porter s book will become the definitive resource a reliable guide to the events of Coltrane s life and an insightful look into his musical practices well researched, musically knowledgeable, and enormously interesting to read Porter is a jazz scholar with deep knowledge of the tradition he is studying, both conceptually and technically Richard Crawford, University of Michigan Lewis Porter is a meticulous person with love and respect for Afro American classical music I applaud this definitive study of my friend John Coltrane s life adn achievements Jimmy Heath, jazz saxophonist, composer, educatorLewis Porter is Associate Professor of Music, Rutgers University in Newark A leading jazz scholar, he is the author of Jazz Readings from a Century of Change and coauthor of Jazz From Its Origins to the Present He was a project consultant on The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Historical Reissue, and an editor and assisting author of the definitive Coltrane discography by Y Fujioka.


Recent Comments "John Coltrane: His Life and Music"

As someone musically inclined, I was glad to see Mr Porter's use of sheet music and notations to illustrate Coltrane's styles and how they evolved over time. Too many biographers of musicians leave out this essential ingredient. This function engaged my understanding of Coltrane better than without.On a humorous note, my failing eyes constantly mistook "tenorist" for "terrorist." My impression of Mr Coltrane had never suffered such blows, albeit temporarily. It is better we remember him as a mas [...]

E' sempre difficile parlare di Coltrane, ma vale per qualunque maitre a penser della musica popolare moderna del secolo trascorso, senza scivolare nella buccia di banana dell'aggettivazione coatta, nell'inchino e nella riverenza acritica, nella banalità ad ogni costo, ancor più nei testi destinati a una fruzione non specialistica: sarà perchè volenti o nolenti siamo cresciuti crociani, o nel caso dei jazzofili italiani polilliani - quanto bene e quanto male ha fatto il salomonico avvocato mi [...]

Dr. Lewis Porter's "John Coltrane. His Life and Music" is an extraordinarily well-researched book, with meticulous references (571 reference notes spanning 37 pages), and quite detailed chronology of performances and recorded interviews (38 pages). The author is a noted musicologist, an author of several books on jazz greats and jazz history, a professor of music at Rutgers, and an accomplished pianist. The book sets a very high standard for future jazz biographies. I first heard John Coltrane's [...]

I read this after Ben Ratliff's 'Coltrane' which is not a bio but a sort of overview of Coltrane's musical evolution and then his legacy. Both books work well together, but I should have read the Porter bio first.Porter is meticulous researcher and documenter and there are quite a number of cool and interesting photos and documents reproduced in the book. There is a ton of info in the book and quite a bit of new and newly corrected info. There is a lot of musical analysis throughout, from the ea [...]

Unfortunately, this book fell a bit flat for my taste. The author's writing style isn't necessarily great, and it certainly isn't the definitive book on Coltrane.So, where does the biography fail? Porter doesn't do a wonderful job with the biography. Coltrane's early years are covered well and the epilogue does a good job of presenting the legacy; the rest of his life is written with a style I would call fly "overwriting." Why did Coltrane choose the musicians he did and who filtered in and out [...]

Porter's forte is music criticism; not writing a narrative tale of who this grand jazz giant was in real life. I believe the subtitle is a bit misleading as it should be: "His Music and His Life".While I'm not an expert on jazz sheet music, he thoroughly highlights his most important works; includes manuscript images of some major/minor works; and explains the context of the origin and evolution of his music.As far as knowing "Trane" the persona, I was dissatisfied with the way his story was pre [...]

If you are interested in Coltrane, and especially if you are a musician, this book is not to be missed. The work goes deeply into Coltrane's life, legacy, and spirituality, and does a decent job of revealing the source of his music and psychological make up in his unending and ultimately unresolved spiritual search. While doing this, the author also provides numerous examples of transcriptions of Coltrane's music so that the musician-reader can understand the application of theory and harmony to [...]

Besides my new appreciation for Art Pepper, I have always loved the saxophone: Bird, Bean, Prez, Branford, even Clemens and Clinton (LOL) but seriously my favorite sax player of all time has been and still is Trane. Since I was on this kick already, I grabbed a Coltrane biography, (John Coltrane, His Life and Music by Lewis Porter) and really enjoyed it. I find it fascinating that both he and Miles were both able to go cold turkey and quite smack BY THEMSELVES after years of abuse in each case. [...]

This book took me a lot longer to read than I normally do, ones of this size. It's not that it wasn't interesting was very much so, and about one of my absolute favorite musicians of all time. The only problem is that it is not only extremely dry, but is chock full of major and minor musical references, technical music things. As someone who is not a musician, but is a music fanatic who appreciates when things are explained, but not being dumbed down, it is a little bit problematic. All in all, [...]

Porter makes the unnecessarily bold claim that his is the definitive work on Coltrane, which is a problem since he takes a lot of material from the interviews in "Coltrane on Coltrane," does not provide a comprehensive biography, and doesn't get too deep into recording sessions or the specific ways his various LPs were put together. He does provide musical analysis which is important, and helped me to understand the "Giant Steps" changes, for example, but beyond that gets into technical music th [...]

Probably the best bio on Coltrane written. Traces his roots back to slavery days. Comments are all referenced. Explores controversial issues such as was it drugs that killed Coltrane. In addition to being a biography, a thorough explanation of the musical theory of his compositions is included. If you read one book on Coltrane, this should be it.

This book by Lewis Porter is exceedingly in depth, and meticulously researched. Unfortunately, it's also some very dry reading, in my opinion. With that said, I did learn a few things I didn't know, such as the experimentation with LSD that Coltrane did later in life. Recommended for musicians, or hard core Coltrane fans. Other people may want to start elsewhere.

Beautiful book. I admittedly had to gloss over the more musically theoretical passages but the rest was great. Porter's last sentence works as a tearjerking epitaph for Coltrane. "There will never [again] be three notes quite like them"

A very academically targeted biography. Excellent and thorough sources. Most important to me however was the authors in depth analysis of Coltrane's harmonically derived and spiritually derived musics and how those aspects interact to create the masterpieces we have today.

This book gets five stars simply because John Coltrane was a saint. This is a very even-handed overview of his life and musical developments, with several moments of strong insight into Coltrane's character.

Scholarly but readable is best way I can describe this biography. Good bonus material in appendices & notes. I agree that his putting down of other books on Coltrane is silly, but that's about my only quibble.

Don't waste your time on other Coltrane biographies. This is the only one with any serious rigor, fact-checking and clarity. It's full of transcriptions, with several entire solos presented and discussed thoroughly. Every musician should read it.

I borrowed this from a saxophone playing friend of mine. it's a really great book with a lot love and time put into it, definitely a must read for music lovers. the analysis of a love supreme is interesting, and the transcription of one of his last duets w/Rasheed Ali was fun to try to play also.

I enjoyed reading this one quite a bit. It's a really nice blend of scholarly research and musical analysis. As a musician, I found the musical analysis interesting and clearly written. I would consider this book a "must read" for any fan of Coltrane, or any fan of jazz.

I started this a long time ago, but it was a hard one to get through because it was very detailed on every event that happened in coltranes life, i couldn't get through it

the best book about Coltrane. i hate his music but the book that best explains why it's very special.

A very technical book and a bit dry. If you're into music theory then read this book.

This definitive biography combines genealogical research with musicological analysis.

Une étude sérieuse sur la vie de Coltrane et sa musique (avec des partitions en prime !)Une mine d'or pour les fans de Coltrane !!En anglais uniquement pour l'instant

Ti piace il jazz? Ami John Coltrane?Ecco, questa è LA biografia di Trane.

Never Mind The Others, This Is It!


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