Part 2 of Coltrane Special on ASNB this Sunday
A radio event beginning April 26, and running for five consecutive Sundays, Joshua Weinstein and All Soul, No Borders will be presenting the acclaimed radio documentary Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone on KDHX. Twenty years in the making, this 5-hour audio masterpiece — a thrilling kaleidoscope of rare interviews, reminiscences, music selections and commentary — analyzes and celebrates the creative genius of John Coltrane.
During this week’s episode (Hour 2) entitled “In the Pyramids” we will continue our excavation by following Coltrane’s search for the source of jazz. We will hear thoughts from Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, a rare interview with Jimmy Garrison, Steve Lacy, Cornell West, Amiri Baraka, Trane himself, including the earliest known recorded interview with him, and many others.
At this point in our story Coltrane has established himself as one of the most innovative and identifiable voices in jazz, having already worked with two major musical architects: Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. After his self-described “spiritual awakening” Trane becomes a spiritual seeker trying to find God and the meaning of life through music. We follow him as he crafts the beautiful melodies on Blue Train, takes chordal music to its outer reaches on Giant Steps, gets modal with Miles on Kind of Blue, mines new gems from the negro spiritual tradition, scores a hit with My Favorite Things, and conceives his classic quartet.
Visit our archives to listen to part 1 which aired last Sunday, April 26. Tune in to 88.1 FM or stream the show live at 10:30 pm CST this Sunday, May 3 to hear part 2.
Rare publicity photo of John Coltrane courtesy of Steve Rowland.