John Coltrane: Sheets of Sound - JazzWax

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June 18, 2009


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Nick Rossi

Great post Marc. Topics such as these always fascinate me. Keep 'em coming. Maybe a whole series is in order?

Gitler's "Swing To Bop" was my handbook to understanding and digging into modern jazz beyond the basics. His contributions to the music are really monumental.

Ed Leimbacher

Undulating bolts of cloth? Hmmm. What a surprisingly gentle image Gitler intended. I've always imagined a heavy downpour, a whole wall of water surrounding and drenching the listener... and I mean that positively, even when Coltrane's "sheets" are a challenge to absorb.

Jim Grodnik

Sheets of noise is more like it. Life is too short to listen to John Coltrane.

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