This whole project was conceived as a way to celebrate the birthday of John Coltrane. This grand artist would have been 88 today, as he was born on 23-September-1926, in Hamlet, NC. If you don’t know, the song title of “Chasin’ the Trane” is compelling for all of us modern saxophone players: John Coltrane’s saxophone soloing is the pinnacle of saxophone performance. All of us are chasing after him!
What makes him the best? Here is my list:
1. Passion. Anyone can hear how emotionally/spiritually intense this music is
2. The most beautiful tone
3. Technical mastery, in terms of both orthodox execution and innovative extended techniques
4. Innovation. Whether it’s his mastery of bebop, sheets of sound, Coltrane changes, the magical middle period, the suites, and his exploration of avant-garde stylings, JC was always pushing the envelope
5. Gravitas: Coltrane played with the best (Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, etc.) and always elevated each recording
Why am I publishing this particular solo? Because it’s a rare version of a blues. One of my favorite Coltrane recordings is called “Live at the Village Vanguard,” and “Chasin’ the Trane” is a long blues that throws down! Afro Blue Impressions is a series of bootlegged recordings from around the same era.
Disclaimer: there are a few typos in here.