John Coltrane

Member of Thelonious Monk Quartet 1957-1957, Thelonious Monk Septet, Elmo Hope Sextet, John Coltrane Quartet, The Red Garland Quintet, The Good Humor Six, The John Coltrane Sextet, Miles Davis Sextet 1958-1960 and Miles Davis Quintet.

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John William Coltrane, also known as “Trane” (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.

As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane and their son Ravi Coltrane is also a saxophonist. Coltrane influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant saxophonists in music history. He received many posthumous awards and recognitions, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane and a special Pulitzer Prize in 2007. (read the complete article at Wikipedia)

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