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Recent Hearings: John Coltrane Plays the Blues

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Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of John Coltrane, with my favorite albums being Coltrane Plays the Blues and Blue Train.

Probably my favorite saxophonist of all time, Coltrane plays with immense feeling, dishing out notes both fast and slow, loud and soft. Actually it feels more like he’s speaking through his saxophone rather than playing notes.

Some people play notes, but a good jazz musician like Coltrane exploits the many dimensions of sound, inflecting, dragging and cutting up notes into a unique expression. His music feels extremely advanced, even next to contemporary music.

Here’s another great album, A Man Called Trane, which includes his famous rendition of My Favorite Things.

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