John Coltrane: His Life and Music

John Coltrane: His Life and Music

by Lewis Porter
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472086436
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
The Michigan American Music Series
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
328,279
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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