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About John Coltrane

Despite a relatively brief career, saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz history. There remains a critical divide between the adherents of his earlier, more conventional (if still highly imaginative) work and his later, more experimental direction. No one, however, questions Coltrane's almost religious commitment to jazz or doubts his significance. With 1959's Giant Steps he explored the possibilities of post-bop harmony; subsequently, he formed his classic quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones, the ideal group for Coltrane's ever-expanding sonic vocabulary. As the '60s progressed, he added soprano saxophone to the mix and surveyed the use of modes, then in his last years moved on to the inspired free playing on records such as Ascension and Interstellar Space.

HOMETOWN
Hamlet, NC
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
Sep 23, 1926

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