Happy Birthday John Coltrane

He would have been 87 today. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, you should. One of the greatest jazz saxophone players ever.

If you would like to be introduced:

Kind of Blue (1959 – Miles Davis): Considered by many (including me) to be the best jazz album ever (it’s literally in everyone’s top 5). Arguably the best jazz sextet ever (only Miles could keep a group this talented together.

My Favorite Things (1961): Coltrane’s second solo album. The title track is from Sound of Music and is brilliant. This album has Coltrane playing a lot of soprano sax (including the title track). Tenor sax is how he started.

Tenor Madness (1956 – Sonny Rollins): Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane are generally considered the best tenor saxophone players ever. This album is basically the rhythm section from Kind of Blue with Rollins and Coltrane (and the only time they recorded together).

Giant Steps (1960): His first album with solely his own compositions. Historically this is more important than My Favorite Things, but if you are new to jazz, it’s harder to get into.

Broaden your horizons and check these out…

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