- Title: Coltrane: Chasin' the Trane
- Author: J.C. Thomas
- ISBN: 9780306800436
- Page: 336
- Format: Paperback
Always elusive, constantly moving, incessantly changing, John Coltrane stood astride the jazz world of the late 50s and 60s He was a giant of the saxophone and a major composer His music influenced both rock stars and classical musicians There was a mystical quality, a profound melancholy emanating from this quiet, self contained man that moved listeners some of whomAlways elusive, constantly moving, incessantly changing, John Coltrane stood astride the jazz world of the late 50s and 60s He was a giant of the saxophone and a major composer His music influenced both rock stars and classical musicians There was a mystical quality, a profound melancholy emanating from this quiet, self contained man that moved listeners some of whom knew little about music but heard something beyond music s boundaries in the sounds his saxophone created J C Thomas traces John Coltrane s life and career from his North Carolina childhood through his apprenticeship with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis, to its culmination in the saxophonist s classic quartet that played to steadily increasing audiences throughout America, Europe, and Japan.The author has drawn on the recollections of the people who knew Coltrane best boyhood friends, band members like Elvin Jones, spiritual mentors like Ravi Shankar, and the women who loved him Chasin the Trane is the story of a man who struggled against drug addiction, studied African and Eastern music and philosophy, admired both Einstein s expanding universe and the shimmering sounds a harp makes, and left behind the enduring legacy of a master musician who was also a beautiful man.
Recent Comments "Coltrane: Chasin' the Trane"
This biography of Trane is both beautiful and informative. It does not bury you in musical scores as the Lewis Porter biography does. It presents Trane as a genius saxophonist from his childhood in North Carolina to his move to NYC, his getting picked up by Miles, how he kicked dope and how Miles launched him into his fantastic and legendary solo career. I found it highly readable and it sent me off listening to Trane classics for months afterwards.
I read this and watched the Netflicks documentary on Coltrane. I also listened to 5 of his C.D.'s. Yep, i'm more of a Miles Davis fan. People sure do have passionate, somewhat delusional, opinions about John Coltrane and his music. No doubt, the man could blow a sax - But all his hippy civil-rights new age crap gets real annoying. As a musician: WOW! (on occasion only, yes - listen to some of his squaking squeeking noise rants. Jimi Hendrix did the same things, only more musical) But anything el [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't consider myself much of a Coltrane fan but I got this book for free and decided to read it. This lent me some appreciation for his music, which I went and listened to as a result, but some of it is still too out there for me, although I recognize the artistry involved in it now, and have some background as to where Coltrane was coming from and how he affected people, not just musically, but personally, as well. I really love the Coltrane and Johnny Hartman [...]
I read this a few years ago so I'm probably not in a good position to review it at this point in time. I approached this book as a faithful devotee of John Coltrane's music so it was unlikely that I would be disappointed and alas I was not. The text is solid, economical and informative. This last quality is to me of the highest priority in a book such as this.What made this such a tremendous read is of course the enthralling and inspiring story of Coltrane's life. From humble origins he rose to [...]
The astonishing tale of a brilliant mind and an extraordinary musician - Beyond its searching lays the harmony.
the book never touched on what poser Coltrane fans like me always seem to think was his greatest strength: clarity, but it was packed full of good info and insights from people that were there.
I enjoyed this book, apart from the slightly disjointed interjection of quotes etc.That aside, john Coltrane wasn't just a brilliant musician, but an innovator, pushing barriers and I'm sure an inspiration for the likes of Jimi Hendrix.Recommended.
I keep a poster of Coltrane in my classroom for inspiration. Other books have discussed Coltrane's musical importance, which is not minimal, but this book goes more in to the nature of his spiritual journeying and how he affected those people whom he came into contact with.
This book, helped introduce me to the personality of the man who's music I loved for ever!. I have read it several times. To hear the insight of those who knew him, lived with him, loved him, and worked with him is invaluable!.
Helped me understand John Coltrane on a deeper level.
A telling glimpse into the hard life of a jazz musician
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