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John Coltrane

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John William Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. At the age of three his family moved to High Point, NC, where young Coltrane spent his early years. His father, John Robert Coltrane, died in 1939, leaving twelve year-old John and his mother on their own. His mother, Alice Blair Coltrane, moved to New Jersey to work as a domestic while John completed high school. John played first the clarinet, then alto saxophone in his high school band. His first musical influence was the tenor saxophonist Lester Young of Count Basie's band. In June of 1943, after graduation, Coltrane moved to Philadelphia to be closer to his mother. After a yearlong stint in the Navy (1945-46), Coltrane began playing gigs in and around Philadelphia

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Profile

Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy

Read "Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy" reviewed by Doug Hall


If legendary jazz musicians were collected together in one giant jigsaw puzzle and each musician was one piece--Thelonious Monk's individual piece would be impossible to cut out. As a singular artist, his shape or place in jazz is too uniquely non-conforming. From a musical and historical standpoint, he is recognized as one of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Carla Marciano: Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Herrmann

Read "Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Herrmann" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


On this CD Italian saxophonist Carla Marciano pays tribute to a lifelong influence, the music of film soundtrack composer Bernard Hermann. Hermann wrote a lot of significant scores in his time but Marciano concentrates on his music for thrillers. She mostly deals with his scores for Alfred Hitchcock, but also tackles his music for Martin Scorsese's ...

Article: Live Review

Luca Mannutza trio & Maurizio Giammarco @ Jazz Just Like This

Read "Luca Mannutza trio & Maurizio Giammarco @ Jazz Just Like This" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Luca Mannutza Trio con Maurizio Giammarco Jazz Just Like This 2021 Nightingale Studios, Roma 9.4.2021 Venerdi 9 aprile, in concomitanza con la nascita della Birdbox Records si è inaugurata la prima rassegna jazz italiana in streaming. Un'iniziativa lodevole che cerca di rispondere al forzato--e per molti aspetti ingiustificato, a mio parere--annuale ...

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Article: Album Review

Dan Wilson: Vessels Of Wood And Earth

Read "Vessels Of Wood And Earth" reviewed by Chris May


Dan Wilson's Vessels Of Wood And Earth starts well. Just over a minute into track one, the guitarist launches into a lightning-speed solo which sounds a little like Wes Montgomery channeling Charlie Parker on speed. On track two, Stevie Wonder's well named “Bird Of Beauty," he rings the changes, exchanging Montgomery and Parker for Pat Metheny ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Miles Davis once said that you could recite the history of jazz in just four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. To that you need to add two more: John Coltrane. A giant during his lifetime, Coltrane continues to shape jazz and inspire musicians decades after he passed. No other player has come remotely close to eclipsing ...

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Article: Album Review

Avishai Cohen: Two Roses

Read "Two Roses" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Avishai Cohen dreamed big, with images of symphony orchestras dancing in his head. The Israeli-born bassist maneuvered that dream into a reality with Two Roses, a recording that finds Cohen in the company of the ninety-two piece Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, in addition to his jazz cohorts, Azerbaijani pianist Elchin Shirinov and New Jersey born and bred ...

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Article: Album Review

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra: Promises

Read "Promises" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The meeting of electronics artist/DJ Sam Shepherd--aka Floating Points--with free-jazz icon Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra is a welcome surprise. Sanders has seldom troubled his discographers since the dawn of the new millennium. A couple of archival radio recordings, Live at Antibes Jazz Festival Juan Les Pins July 21 1968 (Alternative Fox, 2019) and ...

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Article: Film Review

Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity

Read "Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity Director: Adam Kahan Distributor or Film Company USA: 90 minutes Premier Date: Nov. 12, 2019 This is an exceptional jazz film that most likely would have made its way into art theaters around the world were it not that four months after its premier in ...


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