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YMMV / John Coltrane

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  • Base-Breaking Character: 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."
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  • Creator Worship: Despite being polarising during his lifetime, he has become a literal case in some circles, which literally consider him a saint. More mundanely, as mentioned on the main page, his influence affected almost everyone who picked up a saxophone for several decades - among his contemporaries, arguably only fellow Miles alumnus Wayne Shorter (Weather Report, etc.) has had any comparable degree of influence.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Pharoah Sander's soloing on "Om" can be extremely terrifying at parts.
  • Tear Jerker: “Alabama”, Coltrane’s tribute to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
  • 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.


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