John coltrane…

Feb 2nd…In acknowledgment of Black History month I hope to post my own heros that helped mold my hard head into a softer substance that aloud for some enlightenment, joy, and insight in a world that otherwise breeds nothing but discourse…And thats putting it politely…THIS MAN!!! John Coltrane in my eyes was the greatest example of what Jazz was all about. He took it far beyond the confines of rhythm, melody, and time, into a freedom of spiritual expression that changed jazz forever…It would be unkind not to acknowledge he did this with three other amazing musicians. Elvin Jones, Mcoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison…

Albert Aylers last Album…

Albert Ayler  is a saxophone that had a huge part in the transition from Straight ahead Jazz in  New York City, to taking it way outside along with John Coltrane, and Ornet Colman. When John Coltrane died Albert was one of the Pallbearers at the funeral. His contribution to jazz is under-sung to say the very least…This is a beutiful saxophone player, but he way outside…

John Coltrane, The Be-bop years

I think sometimes we forget Trane was a smokin Be-bop player before taking it outside the box into that spirit filled open space of Bliss, and melodic rhythmical beauty Coltrane was so blessed and willing to bring to us…

Jazz…What happened???

I remember coming up as a teen ager living on 23rd street in NYC, Chris Braun had a loft that everyone in NYC came to to press their chops and creativity year round. The music there was on fire all the time. Most everybody had their own sound. If you went to see Sunny Rollins at a night club you heard Sunny at a night club, if you went to hear Ornet Coleman, thats who you heard…Today everybody sounds the same, same tone, same horns being used, same licks, same everything…The collages are turning out clones instead of Musicians. Sure every once in a wile somebody breaks out a new approach today, but by the most part, these clowns all sound the same, and they all think they are doing something…I remember all this staring around the end of the 70’s…Saxophone players seem to be the biggest offenders of this artistic plagiarism…They all play Bird or Trane lines…Guess what you aint Bird bro, and you sure aint Trane…

Thank God for Sam Rivers, Pharo Sanders,Ira Sullivan, Jaco, Eric Dolphy, and Trane for being artist that we can still listen to and see what a personal sound sounds like. Peace…

 

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