“Music is the spiritual expression of what I am–my faith, my knowledge, my being.”John Coltrane
John Coltrane (1926-1967) was the most relentlessly exploratory musician in jazz history. His musical and spiritual journeys were intertwined and took him to places far beyond the reaches of any musician before, during or after his time on the planet. Trane’s tonal and textural approaches on the tenor saxophone, his rhythmically complex soloing along with his signature modal melodic and harmonic compositional structures influenced generations of musicians across multiple genres (jazz, rock, avant-garde, experimental). Between 1956 and 1959, a time when Trane was also a sideman with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, he recorded and released a number of solo albums on the Prestige label including Mating Call, The Cats, Once In A While, Soultrane, Dakar, Lush Life and Stardust. During this period Trane “the composer” first appeared with such numbers as “Trane’s Blues”, “Goldsboro Express”, “Bass Blues”, “Straight Street” and “By The Numbers”. In 2016, John Scheinfeld’s documentary on the jazz legend, Chasing Trane (narrated by Denzel Washington) debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim.