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John Coltrane: His Life and Music by Lewis Porter

Over the years, John Coltrane and Harry Partch have become archetypes of the spiritual jazzman and the renegade avant-garde composer, respectively, and been elevated to Sainthood by their followers and fans.

In Fact, Theres a church in San Francisco St. John Coltrane African Orthodox church that worships Coltrane as a saint. Biographies especially well-researched biographies threaten to fill in those cherished spaces and debunk long standing myths. To varying degrees these recent books about Coltrane and Partch do just that.

John William Coltrane one of the great musical artists of the 20th century was born Sept. 23 1926 in Hamlet North Carolina. The Saxophonist played in Miles Davis's Band. John Coltrane departure from Davis allowed the Saxophonist to develop as a leader in his own right producing early albums such as the hard-bop tinged Blue Tinged (1957) and harmonically adventurous Giant Steps (1959).

Coltrane gradually intensified his style of improvising and left his bop antecedents far behind. In slow or medium tempo performances he preferred an approach based on economical pattern from which he could forge cogent thematic strands; in contrast his playing at speed was characterized by tempestuous floods of rapid notes (dubbed "sheets of sounds").

Lewis Porter's John Coltrane: His Life and Music offers a goodOver the years, John Coltrane and Harry Partch have become archetypes of the spiritual jazzman and the renegade avant-garde composer, respectively, and been elevated to Sainthood by their followers and fans.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: John Coltrane: His Life and Music
  • Author: Lewis Porter
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Year Published: 2000
  • Book Type:: Biography
  • ISBN: 047208643X
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 409
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