“I never even thought about whether or not they understand what I’m doing . . . the emotional reaction is all that matters as long as there’s some feeling of communication, it isn’t necessary that it be understood.”

John and Alice Coltrane

John and Dizzy

coltrane_dizzie_jazzreflectionsJohn and Dizzy
courtesy of Jazz Reflections


coltrane_april66April, 1966
courtesy of Jazz Reflections

“I would like to discover a method [of making music] so that if one of my friends is ill, I’d like to play a certain song and he’d be cured. When he’d be broke, I will bring out a different song and he would immediately get all the money he needs. But what these pieces are, and what is the road to attain the knowledge of them, that I don’t know. The true powers of music are still unknown. To be able to control them must be, I believe, the goal of every musician.” * John Coltrane, musician and composer (9-23-26 to 7-17-67) *excerpted from Lewis Porter’s interview with John Coltane from NPR radio broadcast, “Tell Me how Long Trane’s been Gone,” produced by Steve Rowland, CultureWorks, Ltd, Philadelphia, PA

“‘Today, in addition to jazz fans, rockers and rappers, head-bangers and hip-hoppers  all swear their allegiance to him. And no album in his catalog reaches a wider audience than A Love Supreme, what he called his ‘humble offering to God.’ But A Love Supreme is more than just a musical statement.  It’s an unusually complete vision of one man’s spirituality expressed through his art. Coltrane used the tools he had available and that he knew: a saxophone, a well-practiced quartet — even his own voice — to create music worthy of his creator.'” excerpted from NPR interview with Ashley Kahn and from the Kahn book, Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album

“There is never any end. There are  always new sounds to imagine; new feelings to get at. And always, there is the need to keep purifying these feelings and sounds so that we can really see what we’ve discovered in its pure state. So that we can see more and more clearly what we are. In that way, we can give to those who listen the essence, the best of what we are. But to do that at each stage, we have to keep on cleaning the mirror.” John Coltrane


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