THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JOHN COLTRANE: HIS LIFE & MUSIC REVEALED IN HEARTFELT 1990 DOCUMENTARY

Saturday, August 30, 2014

John Coltrane (1926-1967) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.

As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane and their son Ravi Coltrane is also a saxophonist. Coltrane influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant saxophonists in music history. He received many posthumous awards and recognitions, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane and a special Pulitzer Prize in 2007.

The World According to John Coltrane is a retrospective on the life and music of John Coltrane, featuring reminiscences and interviews with his contemporaries and fellow musicians. Produced with the cooperation of his widow Alice, the documentary focuses on the later period of Coltrane’s work where he explored themes of Eastern spirituality. Musicians interviewed includes Roscoe Mitchell (saxophonist), Rashied Ali (drummer), Tommy Flanagan (pianist), Jimmy Heath (saxophonist), Wayne Shorter (saxophonist), La Monte Young (composer) and Alice Coltrane (wife, pianist, harpist).

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