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From Newk To Tatum, Trane And Wayne

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We kick off this week with a question from singer Teri Roiger, answered by John Coltrane (on the newly discovered Both Directions at Once sessions with the classic quartet). This week we also begin our Sonny Rollins celebration with tracks by singer Babs Gonzales from 1949, when Newk was a mere 19-year-old. And have you ever heard Art Tatum's first recordings, backing singer Adelaide Hall? We will celebrate Wayne Shorter --who turned 85 last month --with a rare ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition

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The fulsome clarity of the monaural sound on Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album by John Coltrane may be just the gateway necessary to entice those listeners used to a single home speakers, ear buds or their smart phones. After all, as Ashley Kahn notes in his lengthy essay, this double set of compact discs features the iconic saxophonist's classic quartet in its prime, and so deserves to be heard by musiclovers of all stripes and equipment setups, not ...

INTERVIEWS

Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

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John Coltrane was born in Hamlet North Carolina on September 23, 1926. When Coltrane was a young child his family moved to the town of High Point, North Carolina where he spent the first seventeen years of his life at 118 Underhill Street. Coltrane showed academic potential at Leonard Street School. Among his classmates he was known as a shy boy who was neat as well as a sharp dresser. Coltrane's situation changed drastically in the winter of ...

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John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

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Half a century after his passing, the music of John Coltrane continues to be studied, analyzed and enjoyed for its historical and musical exceptionality. Every few years it seems that another undiscovered collection surfaces and is met with enviable enthusiasm, much of it centered around speculating where Coltrane's music was going at a point in time, and the unanswerable question of where it may have ended up. Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album captures the saxophonist on the brink ...

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John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

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The day before John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison convened at the Van Gelder studios in Englewood Cliffs, John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded “From Me To You" at Abbey Road in seven takes. That night the Coltrane quartet tore apart Birdland and the next day recorded an album with John Hartman. Music was changing everywhere and, thus, the world. Bob Thiele's voice is the first we hear, cutting through the political panic of fifty ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The Universe and John Coltrane: The Physics of Cosmic Vibrations

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The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe Stephon Alexander 272 Pages ISBN: # 13: 978-0465093571; # 10: 0465093574 Basic Books 2016 On the face of it, the premise that jazz and physics are related disciplines seems strange and remote. Because of its spontaneous nature, rhythmic pulse, and emphasis on emotion, jazz is a personal, subjective artistic means of expression which is accessible to almost ...

WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz and Philosophy

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Philosophy warms to jazz, but not as much, perhaps, to rock or blues. We can talk through the night about rock and blues, and it may be fun. But just how philosophical can we get about rock and blues--even with the help of a few smart friends and a few adult beverages? Rock is the rambunctious and electrified child that came out of the blues, and the blues are a way to make pain bearable and even enjoyable, once the ...

Dr. Cornel West: A Real-Life Superhero

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This column focuses on the lives of people searching for and finding a human connection inspired by the life and music of the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. Trane was a spiritual, gifted jazz musician dedicated to loving people through his heart which exquisitely came out of his instrument. I have come to discover that there are presently many people who are influenced by him even decades after his passing. This column will make an attempt at answering the question: “How ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

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John ColtraneChasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Meteor 17 and Crew Neck Productions2017 Because it is poised to contribute to the image of John Coltrane in popular culture for years to come, a thoughtful appraisal of this film is very important. Promoted at major film festivals and released to theaters worldwide, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, directed by John Scheifeld (noted for The U.S. vs. Lennon (Liongate, 2006)--and other films about iconic cultural figures ...

HISTORY OF JAZZ

Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History

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This article was first published at the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia website.Jazz began to emerge as a distinct musical style around the turn of the twentieth century, a merging of two vernacular African American musical styles--ragtime and blues--with elements of popular music. New Orleans, the “cradle of jazz," was the most important city in this process, with jny: Chicago and New York playing particularly significant roles in the 1920s and 1930s. By the mid-twentieth century Philadelphia had become ...