John Coltrane: Jazz Revolutionary

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John Coltrane was one of the true geniuses of jazz. After beginning his career in the 1940s, Coltrane developed his skill on the saxophone while also learning as much as he could about music theory. Because he looked so widely for inspiration, it took Coltrane longer to develop than most other jazz musicians, but by the mid-1950s he was one of the genre's most respected players. After a historic stint with trumpeter Miles Davis, Coltrane began recording with his own group. At the time of his death in 1967, John ...
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John Coltrane was one of the true geniuses of jazz. After beginning his career in the 1940s, Coltrane developed his skill on the saxophone while also learning as much as he could about music theory. Because he looked so widely for inspiration, it took Coltrane longer to develop than most other jazz musicians, but by the mid-1950s he was one of the genre's most respected players. After a historic stint with trumpeter Miles Davis, Coltrane began recording with his own group. At the time of his death in 1967, John Coltrane was the leading figure in jazz, and had expanded the boundaries of the art form to include influences from India, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Any reader interested in the life of one of America's greatest artists, or in the history of music and culture in the twentieth century, will want to read John Coltrane: Jazz Revolutionary.

Traces the life of the innovative jazz saxophonist and the evolution of his music.

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One of the most creative and respected jazz artists of the twentieth century, Coltrane spent innumerable hours practicing to perfect his art on the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones and achieving such complex musical forms that critics both adored and detested him. John was born into a religious High Point, North Carolina, family in 1926 and began playing horn while he was in high school. He moved to Philadelphia, was drafted into the army and attended music school on the G.I. Bill. He began his real career in 1949 with Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra, playing jazz and bebop and also worked with Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk. Constantly innovating his style, he became a popular recording artist, bandleader and composer, who influenced later performers such as Eric Clapton, The Who, and U2. Sadly, along with many musicians of the era, Coltrane was a heavy drinker and eater and a heroin addict. Ultimately, his liver was so damaged that he died at the age of forty. The biography is clearly written, straightforward and understanding. It includes black-and-white photographs, discography, bibliography, source notes, web sites and an index. It is part of the "Masters of Music" series. 2002, Morgan Reynolds, $20.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer:Patricia Dole
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The "Masters of Music" series attempts to take the reader from the birth to the death of each of the five men covered. The John Coltrane title by rachel Stiffler manages to do so fairly well, taking him from his youth in South Carolina to jazz-legend status in Philadelphia and New York. Coltrane's childhood and adolescence are dealt with quickly, and his experiences as a musician are concentrated upon. His addictions to heroin and alcohol are discussed, mostly in relation to how they affected his music and playing as the member of various bands. The Dr. Shinichi Suzuki book by David Collins, on the other hand, is much less organized. The first few chapters are not completely chronological, and as a result, are somewhat confusing. This confusion does not continue after he goes to Austria to study music, but Collins's approach is less factual and much more editorial than Barron's. Collins's book would probably be appreciated by a slightly younger audience than Barron's book, which is definitely young adult. Other titles in the series profile Bix Beiderbecke, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and William Grant Still. Index. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2002, Morgan Reynolds, 112p. PLB Roberts
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Gr 6-10-Beginning with his upbringing in small-town North Carolina in the segregated South through his move to Philadelphia as a young man and his later emergence as a professional jazz musician, this biography emphasizes Coltrane's love of music and intense spirituality. He studied and played the saxophone with other jazz bop greats in the '40s, '50s, and '60s and is best known for his innovative improvisations, which derived from the music of Latin America, Africa, and India. Although some details of his personal life are glossed over, readers will appreciate Coltrane's struggles and the contributions he made to the evolution of jazz, an American cultural phenomenon.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883846572
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Masters of Music Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Jazz Genius 9
Chapter 2 A Young Man in the Big City 24
Chapter 3 Touring with Dizzy 36
Chapter 4 Touring with Miles and Monk 46
Chapter 5 Giant Steps, Kind of Blue 60
Chapter 6 Chasin' the Trane 72
Chapter 7 It Ended All Too Soon 83
Discography 97
Bibliography 99
Sources 101
Websites 108
Index 109
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