Film Review - Chasing the Trane

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Film Review by Allen Henriquez

Chasing the Trane (2016)

 

Director: John Sheinfeld

Words of John Coltrane spoken by Denzel Washington

 

John Coltrane born 1926 in North Carolina in a religious environment with Grandfathers that were religious leaders in the Church, but the life wasn’t removed from the harshness all around. The family moved to Philadelphia and John becomes a sax player.

June 5th, 1945 John hears “Bird” Charlie Parker in Philadelphia.

1945-1956 John Coltrane is in the Navy when he makes his first recording that sounds like he was influenced by Charlie Parker. Trane after the Navy plays with Dizzy Gillespie.

Trane in 1955 hooks up with Miles Davis, then Monk, and evolves into the Sax player that stands beyond anything before or since. The thing that haunted him was a dependency problem, which he conquers.

The theme however of Trane is: spirituality, Love, and beauty. The sounds are provocative and profound, the music is filled with a: climbing, thriving and innovation. John Coltrane, Chasing the Trane, is some place else.

 


Submitted: June 08, 2020

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