Sunday, July 15 2007
Psalm 100 instructs, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!". What more joyful sound than the life-affirming song of protest, for that is the sound wrenched from the deepest grief and suffering, from exhausted and diseased lungs, and the voice raised in tuneful protest is among the most beautiful of human sounds. Sing out, indeed!
Wednesday, October 22 2014
What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman?
Thursday, March 8 2007
Spurred on by a couple of anniversaries, a new podcast "Traneumentary", and plenty of memory, Layman reflects on the music and meaning of John Coltrane.
Tuesday, November 4 2014
This set, performed just nine months before Coltrane's death, shows both the impressive openness of his late-era band and the limitations of its sound.
Sunday, November 17 2013
An engaging live recording of the John Coltrane Quartet from 1963, lovingly remastered and expanded for the 50th anniversary of its recording.
Monday, February 7 2011
The better contributions in this edited volume navigate a course between the particular and the universal, granting Coltrane's music the freedom it demands.
Tuesday, November 23 2010
Sonny and Monk had their turn, now Coltrane's Prestige era gets held under the microscope.
Thursday, May 6 2010
If there is any artist worthy of celebration in our contemporary American Idol Apocalypse, John Coltrane should serve as both antidote and inspiration.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
Blue Note, one of the foremost jazz record labels, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a vinyl initiative, releasing highlights from its massive catalog over the course of two years. Here are some picks to get you started.
Friday, February 3 2012
As Coltrane said, “One thought can produce millions of vibrations and they all go back to God.” A spiritual jazz masterpiece is the 67th most acclaimed album of all time. Counterbalance has a listen.
Tuesday, January 31 2012
The process of deciding which Trane solos are the best of the best gave me a good reason to go back and listen to his catalog once again, as if an excuse is even needed. I hope you do the same.
Wednesday, June 9 2010
Aside from John Coltrane's classic quartet, there is no jazz band that can hold a candle to the second Miles Davis quintet.
Thursday, December 3 2009
John Coltrane - Side Steps - Prestige [$59.98]