• John Coltrane The Experimental Musician
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    Jazz, taking its roots in African American folk music, has evolved, metamorphosed, and transposed itself over the last century to become a truly American art form. More than any other type of music, it places special emphasis on innovative individual interpretation. Instead of relying on a written score, the musician improvises. For each specific period or style through which jazz has gone through over the past seventy years, there is almost always a single person who can be credited with the ev...
  • Jazz Avant Garde
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    Early Jazz The earliest easily available jazz recordings are from the 1920's and early 1930's. Trumpet player and vocalist Louis Armstrong ('Pops', 'Satchmo') was by far the most important figure of this period. He played with groups called the Hot Five and the Hot Seven; any recordings you can find of these groups are recommended. The style of these groups, and many others of the period, is often referred to as New Orleans jazz or Dixieland. It is characterized by collective improvisation, in w...
  • John Coltrane Music Jazz One
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    'I've got to keep experimenting. I feel that I'm just beginning. I have part of what I'm looking for in my grasp, but not all.' John Coltrane This phrase, from the liner notes of 'My Favorite Things' clearly defines Coltrane's life and his search for the incorporation of his spirituality with his music. John Coltrane was not only an essential contributor to jazz, but also music itself. John Coltrane died thirty-two years ago, on July 17, 1967, at the age of forty. In the years since, his inf...
  • John Coltrane Jazz Music Life
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    John Coltrane: An Experimental Musician Jazz, which evolved from African American folk music, has developed and changed over the last century to become an art form in America. It places particular importance on inventive self interpretation. Rather than relying on a written piece, the artist improvises. Jazz has taken many forms over the past seventy years; there is almost always a single person who can be credited with the evolution of that sound. From Thelonius Monk, and his bebop, to Dizzy G...
  • John Coltrane Jazz Miles One
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    John William Coltrane John Coltrane was one of the major innovators of contemporary jazz and the New Wave, which was a movement of more freedom in improvisation. John William Coltrane, b. Hamlet, N. C. , Sept. 23, 1926, d. July 17, 1967, is considered one of the most influential jazz musicians of the past 35 years (only Miles Davis comes close), one of the greatest saxophonists of all time, and a remarkable innovator. Coltrane is a very interesting person because he traversed many styles of pla...