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Coltrane, John (1926-1967)

The following sources are recommended by an expert whose research specialty is American jazz musician John Coltrane.


Six Superlative Sources

· John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Lewis Porter. Michigan American Music Series, University of Michigan Press, 2000.

· Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone. Produced by Steve Rowland, written by Larry Abrams, narrated by Michael S. Harper. 5 CD set. Independent release, 2001. A five-hour audio documentary distributed by the WFMT Fine Arts Network.

· The Classic Quartet: Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings. 8 CD set. Impulse Records/Verve, 1998.

· The John Coltrane Foundation.

· The Traneumentary: Celebrating the Artistry and Recordings of John Coltrane. Joseph Vella. Vella Interactive.

· John Coltrane Video Clips. You Tube.

Other Excellent Sources

· AAJ Giants of Jazz: John Coltrane. All About Jazz.

· As Serious As Your Life: John Coltrane and Beyond. Valerie Wilmer. Serpent's Tail Press, 2000.

· Chasin' the Trane: The Music and Mystique of John Coltrane. J.C. Thomas. DaCapo Press, 1988.

· Coltrane Plays Standards: Tenor Saxophone. John Coltrane. Hal Leonard Publishing, 2000. Musical transcriptions.

· Coltrane-L: The John Coltrane Listserv. Jason Greshes, moderator.

· Dear John, Dear Coltrane: Poems by Michael S. Harper. Michael S. Harper. University of Illinois Press, 1985.

· The Freedom Principle: Jazz after 1958. John Litweiler. DaCapo Press, 1990.

· The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings. 7 CD set. Rhino Records, 1995.

· Jazz Casual: John Coltrane. 1 VHS or 1 DVD. Originally published in 1964. Wea/Rhino, 1999 (VHS), 2003 (DVD).

· John Coltrane. Bill Cole. DaCapo, 2001.

· John Coltrane. Blue Note Records.

· John Coltrane.

· John Coltrane. Fantasy Records, Concord Music Group.

· John Coltrane. Impulse Records, Verve Music Group.

· John Coltrane: A Discography and Musical Biography. Yasuhiro Fujioka, et al. Scarecrow Press, 1995.

· John Coltrane and the Jazz Revolution of the 1960s. Frank Kofsky. Pathfinder Press, 1998.

· John Coltrane, Avant Garde Jazz, and the Evolution of "My Favorite Things." Scott T. Anderson. Honors thesis, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1996. An analysis of Coltrane's various performances and interpretations of "My Favorite Things."

· The John Coltrane Companion : Five Decades of Commentary. Carl Woideck, editor. Schirmer Books, 1998.

· John Coltrane Quartet: The Complete Live at the Village Vanguard Sessions. 4 CD set. Impulse Records/Verve, 1998.

· John Coltrane Solos: Tenor Sax. John Coltrane. Hal Leonard Publishing, 1998.

· John Coltrane: The Coltrane Legacy. 1 VHS or 1 DVD. Video Artists International, 1987 (VHS), 2002 (DVD).

· John Coltrane: The Prestige Recordings. 16 CD set. Fantasy Records, 1990.

· John Coltrane: The World According to John Coltrane. 1 DVD or 1 VHS. BMG, 1993.

· A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album. Ashley Kahn, with an introduction by Elvin Jones. Viking Press, 2002.

· The Melodic and Polyrhythmic Development of John Coltrane's Spontaneous Composition in a Racist Society. Karlton E. Hester. Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music, V. 54, Edwin Mellen Press, 1997.

· Transcriptions of Coltrane Improvisations. Andrew White. Andrew's Musical Enterprises. 4830 South Dakota Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017 USA. (202) 526-3666. White is a legendary John Coltrane scholar and musician who has transcribed over 650 saxophone solos taken from recordings by Coltrane.

· Dave Wild's Wildplace: John Coltrane. Dave Wild.

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