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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary — John Scheinfeld

September 16, 2016


Loved this movie. It is a straight forward documentary about one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. The story takes us from birth to his very untimely death of cancer at the age of only 40. In the course of this brief life he took jazz in new directions and played with and inspired and was inspired by the best including Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk. Using old film footage and a great sound track the story is enhanced with interviews with Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Clinton and Carlos Santana among others. They gave a great perspective. Not much to be said about the movie. As one of the interviewers said when asked to describe the music “words fail me you just have to listen.” If you like jazz and like Coltrane this is a must see.

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