Tag Archives: John Coltrane

Without the Fundamentals There’s No Depth to Your Music

SKF NOTE: Joey DeFrancesco‘s experience with John Coltrane Quartet and Miles Davis caught my eye this morning. I’m sharing Mr. DeFrancesco’s words with you. ===== POPULAR JAZZ ARTISTS Life-changing jazz albums: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme Hammond organ hero Joey … Continue reading

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The Joyful, Continuing Path of a Musical Self-Education

  SKF NOTE: I found a monaural cut-out copy of John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass album in a drugstore on a wire display rack filled with cut-out albums. Africa/Brass is the John Coltrane Quartet with a big band. That was my introduction … Continue reading

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Coltrane on Playing, Steadily, Steadily, Every Night

SKF NOTE: Black Giants is a 1970 book collection of interviews and essays with/about some of the “New Jazz” prime movers, i.e. Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, and John Coltrane. Contributor Frank Kofsky‘s Septermber 1967 interview with John Coltrane has Coltrane’s view … Continue reading

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Haynes with Coltrane: No One Was Dependent on One Person

SKF NOTE: Between 1961 and 1965 Roy Haynes, subbing for Elvin Jones, made some classic recordings as part of the John Coltrane Quartet, including a live 1963 recording at the Newport Jazz Festival. The Haynes/Coltrane recordings were released in 1978 on … Continue reading

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Jazz Toilets and Hallowed Ground

SKF NOTE: Jazz toilet. Who coined that phrase, I don’t know. It refers to small, noisy, crowded, smoke-filled bars and clubs where most of our great jazz musicians worked at one time or another. This photo of Elvin Jones, included in … Continue reading

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Taking Coltrane’s Jazz Listening Test in 7/8

SKF NOTE: When I want to practice John Coltrane’s method of listening to jazz records; when I want to test my ear and my ability to keep time, I often turn to the song Siete Ocho from Andrew Hill’s Judgment! … Continue reading

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Charlie Watts: No Difference in Jazz & Rock Rhythm Sections

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is from my interview with Charlie Watts. It took place in Charlie’s New York City hotel room in 1982 or 1983. The Rolling Stones were on tour in America. Tina Turner was their opening act. [SKF … Continue reading

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