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What’s My Line: Coltrane Edition

Posted by keithosaunders on December 8, 2015

Miles-Davis

When I was first getting into jazz back in 1975 I checked out a Prestige Miles 2-fer from the library which contained music from 2 out of the 4 classic quintet sessions. (Workin’/Steamin’/Relaxin’/Cookin’)  These were the sessions with My Funny Valentine, Tune Up, Woodyn You and Airegin, among others. I taped it but for some reason didn’t write down the personnel.

A few weeks before having checked out the Miles record I had listened to a late period John Coltrane record – it was probably from 1966, which was the group with Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, and Rasheed Ali.  I hated it!  What was that guy playing?  It sounded like a coyote caught in a trap. When I heard the sax player on the Miles record, however, I said to myself, ‘now *that* guy can play.’ Little did I know that it was the same player!

I should add that years later, when my ears were ready for it, I came to like and appreciate late period Coltrane.  It’s fascinating to hear him evolve on records over a ten year period.  I can’t think of anything else like it in the history of music.

Coltrane

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