Tuesday, September 23, 2008
John Coltrane, born on this date in 1926, reshaped modern jazz and influenced generations of other musicians.
A legend amongst legends, John William Coltrane, also known as Trane, used love, faith, spirituality and his prodigious understanding of music to revolutionize the the Jazz saxophone and Jazz composition in almost mythical proportions.
"John was like a visitor to this planet. He came in peace and he left in peace; but during his time here, he kept trying to reach new levels of awareness, of peace, of spirituality. That's why I regard the music he played as spiritual music -- John's way of getting closer and closer to the Creator."~Albert Ayler
John Coltrane will forever be considered one of the most important individuals in music history. His influences are virtually infinite yet it is nearly impossible to find a musician who was able to successfully recreate his sound.