John Coltrane (Saxophone)
Born: 23rd September 1926, Hamlet, North Carolina, U.S
Died: 17th July 1967, Huntington, New York, U.S.
John William Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Coltrane moved to Philadelphia after graduating high school, where he studied music. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes and was one of the players at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions and appeared on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.
Further Reading: John Coltrane
Whilst underappreciated upon its release, Trane's bombastic first album for Impulse! from 1961 would seal his fate as one of the label's most iconoclastic artists and performers.
Our Recording of the Week is a formidable new release that captures an exciting and transitional phase in both artists' careers, in a live quintet recording from 1961.