YMMV: John Coltrane

  • Base Breaker: In the 1960s, Coltrane was this for jazz fans in general; his music was extremely divisive, and got more so as the decade went on; how you felt about Coltrane pretty much defined whether you were or weren't interested in modern jazz. When Coltrane died, the respected English poet and jazz critic Philip Larkin wrote in his newspaper column "I mourn his death, as I mourn any man's; but I can't conceal that it leaves in jazz a vast, blessed silence."
  • Magnum Opus: A Love Supreme to most people.
  • Too Cool to Live
  • Vindicated by History: Coltrane is now one of the most respected and even beloved figures in jazz, but during his career he was one of the most divisive, with some critics accusing him of being an 'enemy of jazz' and suchlike.