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John Coltrane was a saxophonist and composer who remains one of the most revered figures in jazz today. Early in his career Coltrane worked many key figures in the bebop and hard bop idioms such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk.
”At the end of this period Coltrane recorded his first album for Atlantic Records, Giant Steps, made up exclusively of his own compositions. The album’s title track is generally considered to have the most complex and difficult chord progression of any widely-played jazz composition. Giant Steps utilizes Coltrane changes. His development of these altered chord progression cycles led to further experimentation with improvised melody and harmony that he would continue throughout his career.” [x]
Later, Coltrane would carve important in-roads in the avant-garde and free jazz genres with his Quartets, the last featuring his wife Alice Coltrane on piano. Though he died in 1967 of liver cancer at the age of 40, he left behind vast amounts of music that continue to inspire and inform musicians of all disciplines. I love Coltrane’s rapidity (not a trait I usually admire in a sax player in large doses) because he manages to infuse meaning into every note. No matter how close together the notes are or how quickly they pass, they each keep a sense of individuality and purpose, rather than just being a manic succession of sounds that become meaningless in the larger scope of the piece.
"I was inspired to create a series of portraits of my favorite iconic jazz musicians. I assigned one musician to myself per month for six months during 2009. The result was John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Max Roach, and Charlie Parker in six different prints in blue, paying homage to Blue Note Records." -Oliver Barrett