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John Coltrane: His Life and Music

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John Coltrane was a key figure in jazz history, 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, documents in his handwriting, 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 ...
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Overview

John Coltrane was a key figure in jazz history, 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, documents in his handwriting, 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 re-interviewed, 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.
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William Gavin
Lewis Porter's many analyses of Coltrane's solos, complete with note-by-note transcriptions, will be of great value to anyone who has formally studied music. [He gives] a clear, well-researched look at a decent, humble, gifted man whose genius did not suddenly emerge, but evolved -- as jazz itself has -- growing year by year out of his hard work and big heart. -- Washington Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472086436
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: The Michigan American Music Series
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 314,237
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    OUTSTANDING

    I own almost every LP/CD available and many with him as a sideman. His sound is like a bird in the wind, and this book puts you in the mood to hear more. I think the individual solos create another feeling inside this book as well. It also put in perspective his feelings during his later years when I really couldn¿t understand his concepts. The book also put a closing for me whether he was or wasn't taking LSD during those last years which explained his transformation from a beautiful tenor to an enraged soprano soloist. I recommend you get the CD¿s ¿Kind of Blue¿, ¿Coltrane Jazz¿, ¿Ballads¿, ¿Crescent¿, ¿Giant Steps¿, and ¿Love Supreme¿. Listen to the solos and read this book.

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