John Coltrane

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John Coltrane and his stellar quartet – pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – were in the process of reinventing their(...)

The Exorcist: William Friedkin at the steps where he filmed his horror film’s climatic scene, in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

When you’ve got a demonic child in Washington splattering dark stinking bile, croaking gibberish, spewing vulgar personal attacks, lying to sow confus(...)

Talent doesn’t always take you straight to the top like an elevator. Sometimes even the exceptional artists need a little guidance about where to alig(...)

While early and mid-career “Trane” have been extensively pored over and many of the great saxophonist’s tunes have become central tenets of the jazz g(...)

John Coltrane died 50 years ago this week. In the intervening decades, the saxophonist’s reputation has suffered not the tiniest decline. One could co(...)

There is no shortage of tributes to John Coltrane but when those paying homage are Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano, two of the great saxophonist’s most le(...)

Free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker: His  performances are  not for the faint-hearted, an intense experience, requiring effort and concentration from the listener as well as the performer. Photograph: Caroline Forbes

If you’ve never heard Evan Parker play a saxophone, there is little by way of comparison that can prepare you for his visceral, otherworldly sound. T(...)

Of all the names to conjure with from jazz’s golden age, none is so revered, so obscured by myth, so loaded with assumptions, as that of John Coltrane(...)

More power to your elbow: The Pipes, The Pipes at the Dock

Uilleann pipes are often confused with the bellicose bagpipes, meaning some people may give them a wide berth. Donal Dineen, DJ, broadcaster, photogr(...)

It’s half a century since Jack DeJohnette briefly shared a stage with John Coltrane and Jimmy Garrison. In the intervening years, the great Chicago(...)

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