Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
9:22 am
Fri September 27, 2013

On the Next All This Jazz, It's All About Trane's Tunes (as in, Compositions by John Coltrane)

Please join us for the next presentation of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 28th right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer two solid hours of modern jazz, both recent and classic, with all of it sounding, we dare say, nothing short excellent. (And likewise as ever, we'll air a Sunday-night rebroadcast of ATJ at 7pm on the 29th, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

Each and every week, as regular listeners will attest, our program carries a "theme" in its second hour (i.e., the 11pm-till-midnight hour). This time around, that theme will be John Coltrane's Compositions --- as played by all manner of jazz greats, from Woody Herman to Steve Kuhn to Edward Simon.

Coltrane would've turned 87 earlier this week; he was born September 23rd, 1926, and died of liver cancer (at 40) in 1967. As the wonderful jazz critic Francis Davis, writing in The New York Times in 2001, has noted of Coltrane's music and legacy: "His influence on jazz and other forms of music shows no sign of waning. Beginning with 'Naima' and 'Giant Steps,' several of his compositions have entered the standard repertory, and no jazz musician today would be playing 'My Favorite Things,' from Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Sound of Music,' had Coltrane not established its surprising potential for modal improvisation on a 1960 recording, transforming it from a sugary waltz into a hypnotic raga...."

Right on. And so, we'll hear all three of those just-cited classics --- as well as other Coltrane evergreens along the lines of 'Moment's Notice' and 'Cousin Mary' and 'Resolution' (this last-named being a movement from his immortal, four-part 'Love Supreme' suite) --- on the next installment of All This Jazz.

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