Music: John Coltrane

John Coltrane (1926-1967) was a legendary American saxophonist. His aggressive and bold saxophone style was hugely influential in the avant-garde jazz scene of the early 60s and late in the free jazz scene of the mid to late 1960s. Unfortunately, he died at a very young age in 1967, after a series of extremely experimental albums. His legacy includes being worshipped as a saint, and even a deity by some.

Albums by Coltrane with their own page:

Coltrane provides examples of:

  • All Hail the Great God Mickey!: Worshipped as a god by the St. John William Church, founded in 1971. Since 1982 they are actually part of the African Orthodox Church.
  • Cover Album: My Favorite Things is a cover album.
  • Epic Rocking: While he'd always had tendencies of this, it really became his specialty towards the end of his life. He started with Ascension, which consisted of a single forty-minute track, and didn't look back. The peak of his use of this trope is with the album Live in Japan, where the shortest song is twenty-five minutes long and three of them are longer than Ascension, with two of them nearing an hour. The album is on four discs despite containing only six tracks.
  • God-Is-Love Songs: Coltrane was a deeply religious man who had interests in several religions, among them Islam, Buddhishm and Hinduism. He incorporated musical sounds from these cultures in his own music and recorded an entire album, A Love Supreme devoted to his love for God.
  • Impractical Musical Instrument Skills: Towards the end of his career, Coltrane began to exhibit a vocal version, pounding his chest to effect his voice during his occasional vocal spot.
  • In Harmony with Nature: As he explained himself:
    All a musician can do is get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.
  • Inscrutable Oriental: Coltrane's music became more spiritual and inspired by Asian traditional music from the Middle East and India during the Sixties.
  • One Woman Song: Naima.
  • Train Song: Blue Train.
  • World Music: Later in his career Coltrane's work became more inspired by Arabian and Indian music. He even named his son Ravi after Ravi Shankar.