Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Remembering John Coltrane after 45 Years

On this day in 1967, jazz veteran and saxophone extraordinaire John Coltrane passed away. He was 40 years old.

The legend says "the good die young". This legend certainly holds true in many cases such as Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc etc. These were all artists at their prime. Coltrane's death took many by surprise... even Miles Davis commented: "Coltrane's death shocked everyone, took everyone by surprise. I knew he hadn't looked too good... But I didn't know he was that sick—or even sick at all."

John Coltrane was no exception. I've spoken so much about Coltrane in this blog that I might sound redundant... but the truth to the matter is Coltrane remains my all time favorite jazz musician.

Today, Coltrane would have been 85. Let's commemorate this occasion by a somber, haunting track by the great man himself called "Spiritual" from the Afro Blue Impressions album:

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