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Ctions political activism and love affairs against snapshots of his major recordings Coltrane evokes an extraordinary life and the momentous historical events that formed its backdrop It is a graphic novel that echoes his work in its structure and style and forms a testament to a pioneer and legend whose music continues to inspire to this day. Other than Art Spiegelman s seminal Maus and Marjane Satrapi s Persepolis and Chicken with Plums graphic novels have tended not to be my oeuvre But pursuing my interest in John Coltrane and as a fan of his A Love Supreme album since my teens not to mention his heart breaking composition Alabama recorded in memory of the four girls killed at a Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama in 1963 by a bomb planted by the Klu Klux Klan they are remembered in Parisi s book and his inspired re interpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein s My Favourite Things this title piued my curiosityBorrowing excerpts of interviews articles conversations and thoughts from Lewis Porter s biography John Coltrane The Life and Music Parisi takes inspiration for the structure of his book from A Love Supreme the four chapters being Acknowledgment Resolution Pursuance and Psalm He also adapts parts of Coltrane s last interview with Frank Kofsky in August 1966 a transcript of which can apparently be found in Kofsky s Black Nationalism and the Revolution in Music as well as online We are taken on a potted journey of Trane s life story from his impoverished 1930s North Carolina childhood to his premature death from liver cancer in 1967 via his addictions loves civil rights activism and his musical collaborations but never in a straight chronological line much like the man s music The sleazy feel of some of the jazz club depictions call to mind some of George Grosz s pen ink worksA couple of years ago I acuired a second hand copy of Ashley Kahn s Granta published A Love SupremeThe Creation of John Coltrane s Classic Album I really must seek out the safe place I left it in as yet unread

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'My music is the spiritual expression of what I am my faith my knowledge my being' John Coltrane rose from a hard and impoverished childhood in North Carolina to become one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time From session musician to band member of Charlie Parker Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis his raw talent and passion for experiment. The album Love Supreme is undoubtedly John Coltrane s crown achievement and Paolo Parisi used its four piece suite structure as a foundation for his graphic novel biography ColtraneIt tells the story of one of the greatest Jazz musicians of all time starting from his humble beginnings a deprived childhood spent among the cotton fields of North Carolina and then launching his career as a session musician in Philadelphia until eventually meeting and teaming up with Miles Davis Glimpses of Coltrane s musical history alternate with scenes from his personal life meeting his first wife Naima the subseuent divorce meeting his second wife Alice McLeod not exactly in this order his battle with addiction and the birth of his children All this is peppered with uotes from interviews and articles set against the backdrop of a good chunk of 20th century American history segregation civil rights movement Malcolm X Ku Klux Klan notably their bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church as John Coltrane dedicated a song to its victims Coltrane was not the one to stick to rules He constantly broke them pushed the boundaries and challenged his own creativity Parisi bows to that by mimicking jazz music and converting it into a graphic novel He abandons a pure chronological order in favour of using the division Coltrane invented for Love Supreme As a result the book is divided into four parts which mirror the four parts of Love Supreme ie Acknowledgement Resolution Pursuance and Psalm Parisi did his best to put jazz rhythm on the pages and if you tune in you will hear syncopation improvisation crescendo and decrescendoIf you know nothing about jazz and John Coltrane this book probably wouldn t be the best introduction It relies too much on the reader s understanding of jazz idiosyncrasies However if you are already a fan Coltrane offers a pleasant journey through time and soundoriginally published on wwwbookmunchwordpresscom

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Ation inaugurated a new movement in music Positioned at the beating heart of the s and s jazz world Coltrane and his uartet created some of the most innovative and expressive music of the age including the hit album My Favorite Things and the landmark work A Love SupremeJuxtaposing scenes from Coltrane's personal life his military career addi. Coltrane is a biographical graphic novel written and illustrated by Paolo Parisi It is a concise graphic narrative of jazz musician John Coltrane from humble cotton picker to famous jazz musician and anchored by his album Love SupremeJohn William Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes and was at the forefront of free jazz He led at least fifty recording sessions and appeared on many albums by other musicians including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious MonkThe graphic novel starts with his humble beginnings as a deprived child spent among the cotton fields of North Carolina and then launching his career as a session musician in Philadelphia until eventually meeting and teaming up with Miles Davis Glimpses of Coltrane s musical history alternate with scenes from his personal life with uotes from interviews and articles set against the backdrop of a good chunk of 20th century American history Coltrane is written somewhat well Separated into four parts Acknowledgement Resolution Pursuance and Psalm Parisi based the biography on Coltrane s album Love Supreme perhaps his best known By doing this Parisi abandons a pure chronological order in favor of using the musical division of the album Parisi did his best to put jazz rhythm on the pages and could practically hear syncopation improvisation crescendo and decrescendoAll in all Coltrane is an uneven biography of one of the greatest jazz musicians John Coltrane


10 thoughts on “Coltrane

  1. says:

    The album Love Supreme is undoubtedly John Coltrane’s crown achievement and Paolo Parisi used its four piece suite structure as a foundation for his graphic novel biography ColtraneIt tells the story of one of the greatest Jazz musicians of all time starting from his humble beginnings – a deprived childhood spent among the cotton fields of North Carolina and then launching his career as a session musicia

  2. says:

    This is a brief look at John Coltrane's life told in short sporadic bursts that flit in a nonlinear way through the events history and records that he witnessed and experienced This kind of jazz? storytelling is interesting but could have been just as effective if his story had been told in a cradle to grave style of most biographiesThe mai

  3. says:

    While the story is not told chronologically and reuires some prior knowledge about the new Jazz age in America it is visually beautiful

  4. says:

    35 stars An interesting experiment into making a comic follow jazz music Nice art and some touching moments It ends up being loke a snapshot of Coltrane's life though As much as I appreciate what the author was trying to do only having snippets from various moments in the man's life ends up being unsatisfying Bonus points fir the

  5. says:

    Coltrane is a biographical graphic novel written and illustrated by Paolo Parisi It is a concise graphic narrative of jazz musician John Coltrane from humble cotton picker to famous jazz musician and anchored by his album Love SupremeJohn William Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes and was at the forefront of free jazz H

  6. says:

    Trane Trane TraneA spiritual ride through the ocean of notes dead in heroine track and drowned in liuor title and Gods forgiveness Artistic vis

  7. says:

    Lovely style and look to this book A thoughtful and though provoking work which I wish had been much longer and in depth

  8. says:

    Other than Art Spiegelman's seminal 'Maus' and Marjane Satrapi's 'Persepolis' and 'Chicken with Plums' graphic novels have tended not to be my oeuvre But pursuing my interest in John Coltrane and as a fan of his 'A Love Supreme' album since my teens not to mention his heart breaking composition 'Alabama' recorded in memory of the f

  9. says:

    This was my first Graphic Novel Drawings were great and while I have loved Coltrane and studied his music in college I did not connect him to the civil rights movement in the 60's While graphic novels are uick perhaps eve

  10. says:

    Like Coltrane's playing this graphic novel is nonlinear syncopated showing episodes in the musician's life that moved him forward back It work