Masters of American Music: The World According to John Coltrane

Overview

Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader John Coltrane has been almost as popular in death as he was during his lifetime. The prolific jazzman passed away at 40, but left a legacy of influential musical work. The World According to John Coltrane is one of the few documentaries to feature the background of this famous player. Directed by Robert Palmer, the hour-long release delves into Coltrane's beginnings starting with his childhood in North Carolina. It also showcases some live performances including the songs "My...
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Overview

Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader John Coltrane has been almost as popular in death as he was during his lifetime. The prolific jazzman passed away at 40, but left a legacy of influential musical work. The World According to John Coltrane is one of the few documentaries to feature the background of this famous player. Directed by Robert Palmer, the hour-long release delves into Coltrane's beginnings starting with his childhood in North Carolina. It also showcases some live performances including the songs "My Favorite Things," "So What," and "Naima." Narration is provided by close friends and peers like Roscoe Mitchell and La Monte Young. Having recorded with masters Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Ornette Coleman, Coltrane held his own and even surpassed the popularity of many of his contemporaries. ~ Sarah Ing
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • UPC: 880242571083
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Source: Euroarts
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,243

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Coltrane
Roscoe Mitchell Participant
Rashied Ali Participant
Alice Coltrane Participant
Tommy Flanagan Participant
Jimmy Heath Participant
Wayne Shorter Participant
Technical Credits
Toby Byron Director, Producer
Robert Palmer Director, Screenwriter
Richard Saylor Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masters of American Music: The World According to John Coltrane
1. Opening [1:34]
2. John Coltrane's World of Sound [7:43]
3. Giant Steps [5:22]
4. My Favorite Things [10:45]
5. Influences And Art Music [15:19]
6. Reverend King Alabama [10:20]
7. Avant-Garde And World Music [6:50]
8. Credits [1:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Masters of American Music: The World According to John Coltrane
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      Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Giant Steps

    If you are familiar with Coltrane, you realize there is a spiritual element to his music that reaches beyond the notes into another part of the universe. But simply listening doesn't tell the full story, as this episode from the Masters Of American Music documentary series aptly demonstrates. Seeing Coltrane play adds a new dimension to the sounds, as we watch him put his heart and soul into the music.

    The documentary was produced about twenty years ago, and it has been restored and digitally remastered for release on DVD. It features interviews with a number of musicians who knew and played with Coltrane, including Rashied Ali, Tommy Flanagan, Wayne Shorter, and his wife Alice Coltrane. As they expound on the spiritual side of Coltrane and his musical history, their interviews segue into live performances of Giant Steps, So What (with Miles Davis), My Favourite Things, and Reverend King Alabama. The power and scope of his talent comes leaping off the screen --- you see the sweat, the effort, and the emotion that went into creating his sound.

    My only complaint is that it's only an hour long, which is barely enough time to scratch the surface. At any rate, it is an excellent introduction to Coltrane if you are not familiar with him, and if you are already familiar with the music, this will give you more insight into the man as an artist.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Giant Steps

    If you are familiar with Coltrane, you realize there is a spiritual element to his music that reaches beyond the notes into another part of the universe. But simply listening doesn't tell the full story, as this episode from the Masters Of American Music documentary series aptly demonstrates. Seeing Coltrane play adds a new dimension to the sounds, as we watch him put his heart and soul into the music.

    The documentary was produced about twenty years ago, and it has been restored and digitally remastered for release on DVD. It features interviews with a number of musicians who knew and played with Coltrane, including Rashied Ali, Tommy Flanagan, Wayne Shorter, and his wife Alice Coltrane. As they expound on the spiritual side of Coltrane and his musical history, their interviews segue into live performances of Giant Steps, So What (with Miles Davis), My Favourite Things, and Reverend King Alabama. The power and scope of his talent comes leaping off the screen --- you see the sweat, the effort, and the emotion that went into creating his sound.

    My only complaint is that it's only an hour long, which is barely enough time to scratch the surface. At any rate, it is an excellent introduction to Coltrane if you are not familiar with him, and if you are already familiar with the music, this will give you more insight into the man as an artist.

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