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On John Coltrane John Coltrane was born on 23 September 1926 in Hamlet North Carolina It is highly unlikely that on this day the world realized what greatness had entered their presence In 1943 Coltrane - or Trane as he was affectionately called - moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania where his love of music reached new heights In 1945 he was enlisted into the Navy his term ended sometime in 1926 where he headed a popular Navy band In 1949 he was asked to join Dizzy Gillespies big band where he would play the Alto Saxophone In April of 1951 John Coltrane returned to Philadelphia for school It would not be a stretch to say that John Coltrane was one of the most influential artists of the past 35 years as well as of all time Although not the most well-known of Jazz musicians compared to others such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker John Coltranes influence on Jazz Music is undeniable He was able to revolutionize the music and make it more popular among newer and yougner demographics In October of 1960 John Coltrane released My Favorite Things from the smash-hit musical The Sound of Music This song became the most widely requested of his works and single-handedly revived the straight soprano saxophone My Favorite Things still remains Coltranes signature album This composition uses a simple modal scale as the backdrop John Coltranes music also had a political and spiritual aspect to it This is quite evident from his tribute to the victims of the Sunday morning church bombing in Birmingham in 1963 Alabama Coltrane also directed his spiritualreligious dedication into his making of A Love Supreme which he recorded with such greats as Elvin Jones Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tynor A Love Supreme is considered to be a masterpiece as well as a summation Cotlranes final album was Expression It was in this album that he played the flute whilst Pharaoh Sanders played
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