Friday, September 5, 2014

John Coltrane

Duke Performances scored big last night with an informal lecture by Bradford Marsalis and Ashley Kahn on John Coltrane's seminal work, "A Love Supreme."  Kahn wrote a book on Coltrane titled "A Love Supreme."

Included in the talk was rare film footage of Coltrane and his band playing the piece.  Piano, McCoy Tyner;  Tenor Sax, John Coltrane; Bass, Jimmy Garrison; Drums, Elvin Jones.

Marsalis recalled a comment by Jones about playing for Coltrane:  "you have to be willing to die for the mother fucker."  I've never seen anyone play drums like Jones.  He carried the group along at a perfect tempo and volume.

Also attending the concert were the Campbell Brothers, masters of the slide guitar and pedal steel.  I got to meet lead singer Phil and his son, Chuck, drummer.  The group performs A Love Supreme tonight at Hayti.

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