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Being (and Becoming) John Coltrane: Listening for Jazz “Subjectivity”

David Ake

in Jazz Matters: Sound, Place, and Time since Bebop

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520266889
eISBN:
9780520947399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520266889.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on John Coltrane's rise in the jazz world, identifying three main performance models that were favored by Coltrane and his groups from the late 1950s until his death in 1967. It ... More


Critical Listening: Reviewing the Late Coltrane Recordings

Tony Whyton

in Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199733231
eISBN:
9780190268121
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733231.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter explores the reception of Coltrane’s late works in relation to A Love Supreme, focusing on Ascension, Interstellar Space, and The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording. It discusses ... More


Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album

Tony Whyton

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199733231
eISBN:
9780190268121
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733231.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Recorded by his quartet in a single session in 1964, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is widely considered one of the greatest jazz albums of all time. A significant record of Coltrane’s transition ... More


Monk and Coltrane

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0048
Subject:
Music, Popular

“Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane” contains some alternate takes of pieces already issued and some entirely new records. “Functional” was a magnificent, unaccompanied piano solo. It was the ... More


Elation—Elegance—Exaltation

Tony Whyton

in Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199733231
eISBN:
9780190268121
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733231.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the common interpretations of Coltrane’s suite and how the album is described in musical terms. It highlights how the album feeds into the established binaries of jazz history, ... More


Pharoah's Tale

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Popular

Pharoah Sanders was a Grammy Award winner American jazz saxophonist. He was tagged as the “best tenor player in the world” by the great Ornette Coleman. He was famous for his harmonic and multiphonic ... More


Seeking Resolution: John Coltrane, Myth, and the Audiovisual

Tony Whyton

in Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199347650
eISBN:
9780199347698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347650.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

This chapter examines the relationship between audio and audiovisual recordings following the release of John Coltrane’s seminal album, A Love Supreme, in 1965. The lack of the visual and Coltrane’s ... More


Urban Magic: Jazz Communitarianism1

Jason C. Bivins

in Spirits Rejoice!: Jazz and American Religion

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190230913
eISBN:
9780190230944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190230913.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

The history of American religions is overrun with intentional communities and religious utopian experiments, many of which have a strongly pedagogical and/or social critical dimension. Jazz has ... More


Hard Bop Heterodoxy: Monk, Mingus, Miles, and Trane

David H. Rosenthal

in Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music, 1955–1965

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195085563
eISBN:
9780199853199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085563.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

Four superbad jazzmen, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and John Coltrane, were the embodiment of jazz that is at once earthy and exalted. These four giants were superbad because they ... More


“How Does It Feel?”: John Coltrane and Bob Dylan 1965

George Cotkin

in Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780190218478
eISBN:
9780190218508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

Both John Coltrane and Bob Dylan followed their own musical desires, sometimes alienating their fans. In this year, both of them broke out of their older modes. For Coltrane, always experimental, he ... More


Vintage Dolphy

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0037
Subject:
Music, Popular

There can be no argument that Eric Dolphy, born in 1928, who died of complications linked to diabetes in 1964, was a good human being. In fact, Charlie Mingus called him a “saint”. Dolphy's ... More


Chiaroscuro: Coltrane's American Songbook

Lawrence Kramer

in Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520228245
eISBN:
9780520928329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228245.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

As exemplified by the Africanisms of modernist concert music, music is a venue in which this question has historically been raised with particular urgency. This chapter pursues the question of what ... More


The Fragmentation of Jazz Styles

Ted Gioia

in The History of Jazz

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190087210
eISBN:
9780190087227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190087210.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

In the post–World War II years, jazz started to split off into many different directions, spurring a fragmentation that expanded the creative range of the idiom but caused long-lasting divisions ... More


The Art of John Coltrane

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0033
Subject:
Music, Popular

John Coltrane was born in Hamlet, North Carolina, on September 1926. He and his family moved to Philly and there, John took up E-flat alto horn, clarinet, and saxophone during high school. He pursued ... More


Normative Judgment in Jazz: A Semiotic Framework

Kelly A. Parker

in The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823242443
eISBN:
9780823250769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242443.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter draws on Charles S. Peirce's semiotics as a basis for understanding musical phenomena and indicating some advantages of a semiotic approach to musicology. It sketches a semiotic account ... More


The Rabbit Strays

Con Chapman

in Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190653903
eISBN:
9780190055288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190653903.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music, History, American

The chapter describes Johnny Hodges’s break with the Ellington orchestra in the early 1950s. He had occasionally threatened to leave the band, and in early 1951 he did so with the encouragement of ... More


Beyond A Love Supreme

Tony Whyton

in Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199733231
eISBN:
9780190268121
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733231.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the importance of recordings in spreading the jazz culture, enabling it to develop into a global phenomenon. It presents John Coltrane’s A Love ... More


Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

Lawrence Kramer

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520228245
eISBN:
9780520928329
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228245.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This book argues that humanistic, not just technical, meaning is a basic force in music history and an indispensable factor in how, where, and when music is heard. The book draws on a broad range of ... More


Notes and Memories of the New Music, 1969

Larry Kart

in Jazz in Search of Itself

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104202
eISBN:
9780300128192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104202.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter describes how the author came to know jazz music and found other individuals who shared his interest in it. It explores the evolution of jazz in a period of musical consolidation, ... More


Ornette Coleman: The Musician and the Music

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Popular

Ornette Coleman is an American composer, trumpeter, violinist, and saxophonist, and one of the major influences of the free jazz movement during the 1960s. The musician attracted a lot of superb ... More


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