Coltrane: Book summary and reviews of Coltrane by Ben Ratliff

Coltrane

The Story of a Sound

by Ben Ratliff

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Coltrane by Ben Ratliff
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2007
    272 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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What was the essence of John Coltrane’s achievement that makes him so prized forty years after his death? What was it about his improvising, his bands, his compositions, his place within his era of jazz that left so many musicians and listeners so powerfully drawn to him? What would a John Coltrane look like now—or are we looking for the wrong signs? The acclaimed jazz writer Ben Ratliff addresses these questions in Coltrane.

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"Starred Review. Always going past the legend to focus on the real-life stories and the actual recordings, Ratliff's assessment is a model for music criticism." - PW.

"Ratliff's book complements the already extensive literature about John Coltrane and, though not essential, is recommended for jazz aficionados." - Library Journal.

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