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Coltrane: Chasin’ the Trane
He was a giant of the saxophone and a major composer. His music influenced both rock stars and classical musicians. There was a mystical quality, a profound melancholy emanating from this quiet, self-contained man that moved listeners–some of whom Always elusive, constantly moving, incessantly changing, John Coltrane stood astride the jazz world of the late ’50s and ’60s. There was a mystical quality, a profound melancholy emanating from this quiet, self-contained man that moved listeners–some of whom knew little about music but heard something beyond music’s boundaries in the sounds his saxophone created.
Thomas traces John Coltrane’s life and career from his North Carolina childhood through his apprenticeship with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis, to its culmination in the saxophonist’s classic quartet that played to steadily increasing audiences throughout America, Europe, and Japan.
The author has drawn on the recollections of the people who knew Coltrane best–boyhood friends, band members like Elvin Jones, spiritual mentors like Ravi Shankar, and the women who loved him. Paperbackpages. Published August 22nd by Da Capo Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Coltraneplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This biography of Trane is both beautiful and informative. It does not bury you in musical scores as the Lewis Porter biography does. It presents Trane as a genius saxophonist from his childhood in North Carolina to his move to NYC, his getting picked up by Miles, how he kicked dope and how Miles launched him into his fantastic and legendary solo career.
I found it highly readable and it sent me off listening to Trane classics for months afterwards. Nov 01, Rod rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this and watched the Netflicks documentary on Coltrane. I also listened to 5 of his C.
Coltrane: Chasin’ the Trane by J.C. Thomas
Yep, i’m more of a Miles Davis fan. People sure do have passionate, somewhat delusional, opinions about John Coltrane and his music. No doubt, the man could blow a sax – But all his hippy civil-rights new age crap gets real annoying. Jimi Hendrix did the same things, only more musical But anything el I read this and watched the Netflicks documentary on Coltrane.
Jimi Hendrix did the same things, only more musical But anything else? This biography from gives casin rather dated but closer chssin the source take on Coltrane’s life and work. I definitely learned a fair bit. Often from the great quotes from friends and legends – we even get insane babbling pseudo-spiritualizing from Carlos Santana. YES Carlos – i’m sure you’re both musical gods sent from the cosmos to bless humanity and pilfered groupies everywhere.
It seems like many great jazz musicians just can’t lay off the smack. It was a relief to see Coltrane get through it and make some great albums before he passed away. This book ghe into detail about his health issues and tje mouth and teeth problems that affected his horn playing.
On the funny side: Here’s a ludicrous quote: The group was named after Charlie Parker, whom they equated to John the Baptist. The congregation later became affiliated with the African Orthodox Church; this involved changing Coltrane’s status from a god to a saint.
Coltrane may of had a fairly deep understanding of Jazz melodies and tone, but religion??? He was dumb as dirt.
There’s a quote in the book that has Coltrane question his Mistress hook-up as to whether she was a Christian cuz, he ain’t having illicit sex outside of marriage and away from his wife and daughter tran anyone but good Christian women. I’m paraphrasing of course – but that’s the general idea.
Coltrane also claimed to be a Muslim, embraced bits of Buddhism, spent lots of time with Hinduism, and toyed with mystic Judaism.
He learned just enough to be spiritually retarded. For some reason he never seemed to question the source tranr anything. He never challenged religions to their cores. And yet some people claim Coltrane was wise and well read. He should have read slower.
John’s journey through the glory days of Jazz is essential reading. Even hearing about his jams in New York are priceless. Can you imagine sitting at the Half Note Club and taking xhasin a Coltrane set?
I can only dream. Oct 23, Kurt rated it really liked it.
Coltrane “Live” at the Village Vanguard – Wikipedia
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don’t consider myself much of a Coltrane fan but I got this book for free and decided to read it. This lent me some appreciation for his music, which I went and listened to as a result, but some of it is still chain out there for me, although I recognize the artistry involved in it now, and have trae background as to where Coltrane was chasinn from and how he affected people, not just musically, but personally, as well. I really love the Coltrane tue Johnny Hartman I thoroughly trwne this book.
I really love the Coltrane and Johnny Hartman collaborations. Once Jazz goes into a more free form realm, I start to get lost and it doesn’t speak to me. Not that it won’t ever, possibly. Still, I enjoy getting acquainted with musicians and artists that I might at first find difficult. What’s life without a struggle now and then? Jan 26, Tim Edison rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this a few years ago so I’m probably not in a good position to review it at this point in time.
I approached this book as a faithful devotee of John Coltrane’s music so it was unlikely that I would be disappointed and alas I was not.
The text is solid, economical and informative. This last quality is to me of the highest priority in a book such chxsin this. What made this such a tremendous read is of course the enthralling and inspiring story of Coltrane’s life. From humble origins he rose to I read this a few years ago so I’m probably not in a good position to review it at this point in time.
From humble origins he rose to prominence as a rhythm and blues saxophonist only to be struck down by the pain and degradation of cjasin. He overcame this through what he personally described as a “spiritual awakening” and his subsequent catalogue of music often expressed the story of this awakening – never more fully and richly portrayed than in his magnus opus “A Love Supreme”.
The story of Coltrane’s life is almost as frane as his music, but then again his music was very much the story of his life.
View all 3 comments. Aug 04, Solor rated it it was amazing. The astonishing tale of a brilliant mind and an extraordinary musician – Beyond its searching lays the harmony. Feb 09, R. Byers rated it really liked it. Oct 22, Guy rated it liked it. Mar 10, Colin Dawson rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book, apart from the slightly disjointed interjection of quotes etc. That aside, john Coltrane wasn’t just a brilliant musician, but an innovator, pushing barriers and I’m sure an inspiration for the likes of Jimi Hendrix.
May 28, doug bowman rated it really liked it. I keep a poster of Coltrane in tgane classroom for inspiration. Other books have discussed Coltrane’s musical importance, which is not tranw, but this book goes more in casin the nature of his spiritual journeying and how he affected those people whom he came into contact with. May 02, Heshima rated it it was amazing. This book, helped introduce me to the personality of the man who’s music I loved for ever!.
I have read it several times. To hear the insight of those who knew him, lived with him, loved him, and worked with him cjasin invaluable!.
Jan 15, Aashish rated it really liked it. Helped me hte John Coltrane on a deeper level. Dec 01, Michael Lauro rated it liked it. A telling glimpse into the hard life of a jazz musician. Michael rated it really liked it Jul 26,