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.
My Favorite Things
On Green Dolphin Street
Angelica (with Duke Ellington)
In A Sentimental Mood (with Duke Ellington)
A Love Supreme
My Funny Valentine (with Miles Davis)
So What (with Miles Davis)
'Round Midnight (with Miles Davis)
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
If you are not a fan of Coltrane, I hope you are now. For all of the Coltrane lovers, Enjoy!