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, clarinettist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes and was 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. Over the course of his career, Coltrane's music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. He remains one of the most influential saxophonists in music history.
Further Reading: John Coltrane
This week Josh revisits John Coltrane's timeless mid-period masterpiece Giant Steps.