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Coltrane - the story of a sound

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Anybody reading this new book by Ben Ratliff, jazz critic for the NY Times? The first part is a biography, documenting how Trane came up, who he played with and how his style changed over the years.

The second part gets into how his music influenced others, and reflected the political environment of the day. This part started out slow for me, but I'm starting to get into it. I remember hearing about this stuff at the time, but was too young to really understand what was going on.

Your thoughts?
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Reedsplinter said:
Surely a Coltrane has a vastly deeper and richer story; but unless the player personally goes on record about it, it can't be discovered. Some genius writer might find a way to recover or recreate it convincingly, but if anyone's ever tried that, I don't know about it.
Without wishing to appear trite in any way, I wonder if that "story" is simply the recordings that the artist leaves behind? "Coltrane's Sound": listen to the music. That's all we have and that's as close as we can get..
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