||A remarkably detailed and musically literate biography of one of the jazz world's most innovative figures, Lewis Porter's JOHN COLTRANE--HIS LIFE AND MUSIC covers not only the saxophonist's family's ancient roots on the plantations of North Carolina but also the foundations of many of Coltrane's compositions in spirituals and the works of Ravel. Porter's scholarly research documents the artist's 1940s musical apprenticeship with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Dizzy Gillespie, and his later increasing use of drugs and alcohol in the 1950s. His addictions lead to his dismissal from Miles Davis's band; he's subsequently taken in by Thelonious Monk, after which he kicks the habit and begins a quest for religious knowledge that ends only with his death from liver cancer in 1967. Porter features exhaustive and fascinating descriptions of events like Coltrane's controversial 1960 Paris performance with Miles Davis, the reception to which some critics likened to the riotous premiere of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." He also includes musical notations of many of Coltrane's greatest pieces, including "Giant Steps," and "Spiritual." Porter's conclusion that even the most abstract of Coltrane's later work contains unmistakable spiritual impulses will be echoed by the saxophonist's many fans.
||Compiled from scratch with the assistance of dozens of Coltrane's colleagues, friends, and family, JOHN COLTRANE: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC presents a huge amount of never-before-published material, including interviews with Coltrane, photos, genealogical documents, and innovative musical analysis that offers a fresh view of Coltrane's genius. The first biography of Coltrane by a professional jazz scholar and performer, it corrects numerous errors from previous biographies.
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||John Coltrane was a key figure in jazz history, a pioneer in world music, and an intensely emotional force whose following continues to grow. This new biography, the first by a professional jazz scholar and performer, presents a huge amount of never-before-published material, including interviews with Coltrane, documents in his handwriting, photos, genealogical documents, and innovative musical analysis that offers a fresh view of Coltrane's genius.|Compiled from scratch with the assistance of dozens of Coltrane's colleagues, friends, and family, John Coltrane: His Life and Music corrects numerous errors from previous biographies. The significant people in Coltrane's life were re-interviewed, yielding new insights; some were interviewed for the first time ever.|The musical analysis, which is accessible to the nonspecialist, makes its own revelations - for example, that some of Coltrane's well-known pieces are based on previously unrecognized sources. The appendix is the most detailed chronology of Coltrane's performing career ever compiled, listing scores of previously unknown performances from the 1940s and early 1950s.