John Coltrane, b. Sep 23, 1926

September 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · By

As Greg nicely pointed out, today is John Coltrane‘s birthday.

I grew up liking some Coltrane stuff when I was younger (my Dad’s a big jazz nerd, so some of that trickled down) but for the past few months I’ve been sorta obsessed with Coltrane; especially the later, far-out stuff, which I hadn’t heard much of before. You know when you get in a certain mood where one specific musician just sounds exactly right at the moment, and it’s all you wanna listen to for days on end?  I’ve done this in the past with Stereolab, Jandek,  Third Eye Foundation, Snowbringer Cult, the Raincoats, etc… well, this summer it happened with Coltrane.

Here’s the ‘Trane Quartet taking a jazz classic apart and putting it back together:

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Tapeworm // Sep 24, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Interstellar Space is my favorite. SO good.

  • 2 kaveh // Sep 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Stevestylez (and anybody else who’s interested), if you like Interstellar Space then you should also check out the version of Interstellar Space put out a while back by Nels Cline and Gregg Bendian. It. Is. Insane. When I met Nels Cline at that Paramount show last year, we talked about it and he said they studied the original Coltrane versions intensely for months before working out their own versions, which somehow manage to maintain the original attitude but also sound really really really different (and appropriate for a gtr/drums duo instead of the original sax/drums lineup). Also, you should def check out Stellar Regions, totally underappreciated posthumous release, very very late period, kind of stepping back a bit from the avant-garde brink just enough to have this killer mix of melody and freedom.