Musical Playlist #15: John Coltrane


John Coltrane was born on September 13, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina.  In honor of his birthday and because he is my favorite jazz musician, I am dedicating this entire Musical Playlist to him. Of all the jazz musicians I admire (Davis, Ellington, Monk, Garland and many others), I feel most moved by Coltrane.  I am not sure if it is his avant-garde approach to music, those 'complex chord progression cycles and masterful improvisations' or the sheer emotion I feel in his music but Coltrane has that extra something that makes his music so powerful and moving to me.

Clearly, I am not alone in my respect and admiration of him.  Coltrane continues to win awards many years after his death, including a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation awarded to him in 2007.  Not bad for a man who left us back in 1967.

Featured are clips of Coltrane playing some of his biggest hits.  I tried to include as many performance clips as possible.

  1. My Favorite Things

  2. Naima

  3. On Green Dolphin Street

  4. Impressions

  5. Angelica (with Duke Ellington)

  6. In A Sentimental Mood (with Duke Ellington)

  7. A Love Supreme

  8. Greensleeves

  9. My Funny Valentine (with Miles Davis)

  10. So What (with Miles Davis)

  11. 'Round Midnight (with Miles Davis)

  12. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

  13. Vigil

If you are not a fan of Coltrane, I hope you are now.  For all of the Coltrane lovers, Enjoy!