He was influenced by religion and spirituality beginning in childhood. Coltrane, was an A. Zion minister in Hamlet, North Carolina.
Naima Coltrane, a Muslim convert, heavily influenced his spirituality. When they married, she had a five-year-old daughter named Antonia, later named Syeeda. Coltrane adopted Syeeda. He met Naima at the home of bassist Steve Davis in Philadelphia. The love ballad he wrote to honor his wife, "Naima", was Coltrane's favorite composition. In the couple left Philadelphia with their six-year-old daughter in tow and moved to New York City. Albans, Queens.
About the break up, Naima said in J. Thomas's Chasin' the Trane , "I could feel it was going to happen sooner or later, so I wasn't really surprised when John moved out of the house in the summer of He didn't offer any explanation.
John William Coltrane (September 23, – July 17, ) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early . All rights reserved — No part of this publication can be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic.
He just told me there were things he had to do, and he left only with his clothes and his horns. He stayed in a hotel sometimes, other times with his mother in Philadelphia.
All he said was, 'Naima, I'm going to make a change. They remained in touch until his death in Naima Coltrane died of a heart attack in October In , Coltrane had a religious experience that may have helped him overcome the heroin addiction   and alcoholism  he had struggled with since At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music.
In , he met pianist Alice McLeod. Alice also understood what it was like to be a professional musician. The last of these describes, in Lavezzoli's words, a "search for universal truth, a journey that Coltrane had also undertaken.
Yogananda believed that both Eastern and Western spiritual paths were efficacious, and wrote of the similarities between Krishna and Christ. This openness to different traditions resonated with Coltrane, who studied the Qur'an , the Bible , Kabbalah , and astrology with equal sincerity. In October , Coltrane recorded Om , referring to the sacred syllable in Hinduism , which symbolizes the infinite or the entire Universe. Coltrane described Om as the "first syllable, the primal word, the word of power". Coltrane's spiritual journey was interwoven with his investigation of world music.
He believed in not only a universal musical structure that transcended ethnic distinctions, but also being able to harness the mystical language of music itself. His study of Indian music led him to believe that certain sounds and scales could "produce specific emotional meanings. He said, "I would like to bring to people something like happiness. I would like to discover a method so that if I want it to rain, it will start right away to rain.
If one of my friends is ill, I'd like to play a certain song and he will be cured; when he'd be broke, I'd bring out a different song and immediately he'd receive all the money he needed. Information about Coltrane's canonization. After Coltrane's death, a congregation called the Yardbird Temple in San Francisco began worshiping him as God incarnate. Its message of deliverance through divine sound is actually quite consistent with Coltrane's own experience and message. In both implicit and explicit ways, Coltrane also functioned as a religious figure.
Addicted to heroin in the s, he quit cold turkey, and later explained that he had heard the voice of God during his anguishing withdrawal. In , an interviewer in Japan asked Coltrane what he hoped to be in five years, and Coltrane replied, "a saint". The discography below lists albums conceived and approved by Coltrane as a leader during his lifetime. It does not include his many releases as a sideman, sessions assembled into albums by various record labels after Coltrane's contract expired, sessions with Coltrane as a sideman later reissued with his name featured more prominently, or posthumous compilations, except for the one he approved before his death.
See main discography link above for full list. This album was certified gold in the United States in Their son Ravi, named after Ravi Shankar , is also a saxophonist. The parent company of Impulse! Narrated by Denzel Washington , the film chronicles the life of Coltrane in his own words and includes interviews with such admirers as Wynton Marsalis , Sonny Rollins , Bill Clinton , and Cornel West. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American jazz saxophonist.
For other uses, see Coltrane disambiguation. Hard bop modal jazz free jazz avant-garde jazz. Tenor saxophone soprano saxophone alto saxophone flute. Prestige Blue Note Atlantic Impulse! This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. One of Coltrane's most acclaimed recordings, "Giant Steps" features harmonic structures more complex than were used by most musicians of the time.
The romantic ballad features Coltrane with pianist Duke Ellington. Main article: John Coltrane discography. Main article: List of John Coltrane recording sessions. The Pulitzer Prizes.
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May 11, Archived from the original on December 6, Hidden City Philadelphia. Retrieved July 12, Retrieved March 29, Coltrane: The story of a Sound 1st ed. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Down Beat. Pathfinder Press. Lulu Press, Inc. March 13, Retrieved March 29, — via Google Books. Retrieved July 2, The Guardian. The Telegraph. He said Impulse was respectful throughout the process to the history of the making of the recording. I wanted the film to get the recognition it deserves.
Savard said the film is one of the first to foster a national cinema in the region and build a strong sense of identity for viewers. By the time this soundtrack was recorded in , Coltrane had just released Crescent and was on the verge of releasing his seminal album A Love Supreme. At this point in his career, Kahn said Coltrane was done with going back to his old work, and would focus more on his spiritually inspired new material. Which makes Blue World a unique opportunity to listen to Coltrane revisit his old work, but in the prime of his career.
Postmedia is pleased to bring you a new commenting experience. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. Visit our community guidelines for more information. Filed under Culture Music. He was raised in the small farm town of High Point. Both of his grandfathers were clergymen.
As a young boy, he spent a great deal of time listening to the music of the black Southern church.