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John Coltrane left an indelible mark on the world, but what was the essence of his achievement that makes him so prized forty years after his death? What were the factors that helped Coltrane become who he was? And what would a John Coltrane look like now--or are we looking for the wrong signs? In this deftly written, riveting study, New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliff answers these questions and examines the life of Coltrane, the acclaimed band leader and deeply spiritual man who changed the face of jazz music. Ratliff places jazz among other art forms and within the turbulence of American social history, and he places Coltrane not just among jazz musicians but among the greatest American artists.Later in the interview, Dawbarn tried to get Coltrane to remark on what we have seen: that he sounded different now, ... he represented anti-jazz, and he wanted the writers to figure out the music by asking questions directly to the musicians. ... Down Beat published Ira Gitler, Martin Williams, Dan Morgenstern, Pete Welding, Gene Lees, Bill Mathieu, and Ralph ... It also published Barbara Gardner, the first black critic in a national jazz magazine; her essay on Coltrane in 1962 was theanbsp;...

Author:Ben Ratliff
Publisher:Macmillan - 2008-10-28


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