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23
Sep
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The Traneumentary: Michael Cuscuna (bonus)

When I interviewed each of the subjects for the Traneumentary podcast series, I prepared to conduct two kinds of interviews. The first interview was more traditional where the subjects shared their personal recollection on how Coltrane impacted their life. The second interview was less structured and was designed to be more in the moment and ripe for improvisation. That’s how many of the ‘track commentary’ episodes came to be and for me, they are the essence and the heart beat of the whole Traneumentary series. Read moreRead more

21
Sep
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The Traneumentary: Steve Kuhn

Pianist Steve Kuhn had the great fortune to play with John Coltrane in 1960. On this Traneumentary episode, Steve shares his story about how this came about and further discusses the saxophonist’s music and overall being. Read moreRead more

7
Sep
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A Tribute to John Martyn

A couple of years ago I was on assignment for Island Records UK with music journalist Vivien Goldman to document the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking label and I met industry legend Chris Blackwell at his New York City apartment. Read moreRead more

7
Sep
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The Traneumentary: Lewis Porter

Musician and jazz educator Lewis Porter is one of the real authorities when it comes to John Coltrane. Having written the definitive bio on the famous saxophonist (John Coltrane-His Life and Music), Lewis’ vast knowledge balances both the music and human sides of Trane in great detail. Read moreRead more

24
Aug
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Jazz Backstage: Elvis Costello

Having the opportunity to hang out and interview Elvis Costello a few years back was an unforgettable experience. Elvis was an excellent interview and an amazing musical resource. Read moreRead more

18
Aug
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The Traneumentary: Joe Lovano

The great saxophonist Joe Lovano has been one of the leading forces in jazz for nearly three decades. Joe’s father, Tony, was also a mighty sax player in his own right and taught young Joe about John Coltrane and his recordings. Read moreRead more

10
Aug
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Charlie Haden’s Quartet West Turns 25 (Part 2)

In the 25 years Charlie Haden has been recording with his stellar group Quartet West, the band has skillfully used vocals as an adjective to each thematic album comprised of a uniquely hand picked repertoire of instrumental tracks by Haden himself. Read moreRead more

19
Jul
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The Traneumentary: Dave Liebman (commentary)

As we heard on saxophonist Dave Liebman’s first Traneumentary podcast episode, his passion for John Coltrane is intense, inspiring and endless. Here, Dave not only comments on one of his all-time favorite John Coltrane Quartet tracks “Crescent” (from 1964) but also provides a wealth of other information about Trane and the members of his famous quartet – McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. Read moreRead more

11
Jul
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Eliane Elias Still Lighting Fires

Eliane Elias has been recording one great album after another going back to 1986. I remember first hearing about her when she was a member of Steps Ahead and was featured on their self titled classic from 1983. But it wasn’t until her first solo recording titled Illusions where I really took notice of her artistry and became an instant fan. Read moreRead more

6
Jul
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The Traneumentary: Robert Glasper

Pianist Robert Glasper is regarded as one of the most exciting players in jazz today. Robert’s approach to melodic playing, unpredictable improvisations, vast chord textures, use of space and varying rhythms are at the core of his style. Read moreRead more

24
Jun
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Jazz Backstage: Charlie Haden

The legendary bassist and bandleader Charlie Haden has had no shortage of excellent work lately. Read moreRead more

23
Jun
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The Traneumentary: Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins is a legendary musical force, and like Trane, inspires people to this day with his masterful improvisations and amazing wizardry on the saxophone. Sonny is a true legend who respected John Coltrane and also had a beautiful friendship with him. In 1956, Sonny and Trane recorded a track entitled “Tenor Madness.” Read moreRead more