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His first recordings, an informal session in Hawaii with Navy musicians, occurred on July 13, After being discharged from the Navy as a seaman first class in August , Coltrane returned to Philadelphia, where he "plunged into the heady excitement of the new music and the blossoming bebop scene. Although he started on alto saxophone, he began playing tenor saxophone in with Eddie Vinson.
Coltrane called this a time when "a wider area of listening opened up for me. There were many things that people like Hawk [Coleman Hawkins] , and Ben [Webster] and Tab Smith were doing in the '40s that I didn't understand, but that I felt emotionally. Hasaan was the great influence on Trane's melodic concept. Heath recalls an incident in a hotel in San Francisco when after a complaint was issued, Coltrane took the horn out of his mouth and practiced fingering for a full hour. An important moment in the progression of Coltrane's musical development occurred on June 5, , when he saw Charlie Parker perform for the first time.
In a DownBeat magazine article in he recalled, "the first time I heard Bird play, it hit me right between the eyes. In , Coltrane was freelancing in Philadelphia while studying with guitarist Dennis Sandole when he received a call from trumpeter Miles Davis. Davis had been successful in the 40s, but his reputation and work had been damaged in part by heroin addiction; he was again active and about to form a quintet.
During this period Davis released several influential recordings that revealed the first signs of Coltrane's growing ability. This quintet, represented by two marathon recording sessions for Prestige in , resulted in the albums Cookin' , Relaxin' , Workin' , and Steamin'. The "First Great Quintet" disbanded due in part to Coltrane's heroin addiction. Coltrane recorded many albums for Prestige under his own name at this time, but Monk refused to record for his old label.
A high quality tape of a concert given by this quartet in November was also found later, and was released by Blue Note in Recorded by Voice of America , the performances confirm the group's reputation, and the resulting album, Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall , is widely acclaimed.
Blue Train , Coltrane's sole date as leader for Blue Note, featuring trumpeter Lee Morgan , bassist Paul Chambers , and trombonist Curtis Fuller , is often considered his best album from this period. Four of its five tracks are original Coltrane compositions, and the title track, " Moment's Notice ", and " Lazy Bird ", have become standards. Both tunes employed the first examples of his chord substitution cycles known as Coltrane changes. Coltrane rejoined Davis in January In October of that year, jazz critic Ira Gitler coined the term " sheets of sound "  to describe the style Coltrane developed with Monk and was perfecting in Davis's group, now a sextet.
His playing was compressed, with rapid runs cascading in hundreds of notes per minute. Coltrane recalled: "I found that there were a certain number of chord progressions to play in a given time, and sometimes what I played didn't work out in eighth notes, sixteenth notes, or triplets.
I had to put the notes in uneven groups like fives and sevens in order to get them all in. At the end of this period Coltrane recorded Giant Steps , his first album as leader for Atlantic which contained only his compositions. Coltrane formed his first quartet for live performances in for an appearance at the Jazz Gallery in New York City.
In May , Coltrane's contract with Atlantic was bought by Impulse! He recorded most of his albums for Impulse! By early , bassist Davis had been replaced by Reggie Workman , while Eric Dolphy joined the group as a second horn. The quintet had a celebrated and extensively recorded residency at the Village Vanguard , which demonstrated Coltrane's new direction.
It included the most experimental music he had played, influenced by Indian ragas , modal jazz , and free jazz. John Gilmore , a longtime saxophonist with musician Sun Ra , was particularly influential; after hearing a Gilmore performance, Coltrane is reported to have said, "He's got it! Gilmore's got the concept! Garrett recalled playing a tape for Coltrane where " I was playing with another bass player.
We were doing some things rhythmically, and Coltrane became excited about the sound. We got the same kind of sound you get from the East Indian water drum. One bass remains in the lower register and is the stabilizing, pulsating thing, while the other bass is free to improvise, like the right hand would be on the drum. So Coltrane liked the idea. We were playing a lot of stuff with a sort of suspended rhythm, with one bass playing a series of notes around one point, and it seemed that another bass could fill in the spaces John and I got off the stand and listened During this period, critics were divided in their estimation of Coltrane, who had radically altered his style.
Audiences, too, were perplexed; in France he was booed during his final tour with Davis. In , Down Beat magazine called Coltrane and Dolphy players of "anti-jazz" in an article that bewildered and upset the musicians.
Furthermore, Dolphy's angular, voice-like playing earned him a reputation as a figurehead of the "New Thing", also known as free jazz, a movement led by Ornette Coleman which was denigrated by some jazz musicians including Davis and critics. But as Coltrane's style developed, he was determined to make every performance "a whole expression of one's being". In , Dolphy departed and Jimmy Garrison replaced Workman as bassist.
From then on, the "Classic Quartet", as it came to be known, with Tyner, Garrison, and Jones, produced searching, spiritually driven work. Coltrane was moving toward a more harmonically static style that allowed him to expand his improvisations rhythmically, melodically, and motivically. Harmonically complex music was still present, but on stage Coltrane heavily favored continually reworking his "standards": "Impressions", "My Favorite Things", and "I Want to Talk About You". The criticism of the quintet with Dolphy may have affected Coltrane.
In contrast to the radicalism of his recordings at the Village Vanguard, his studio albums in the following two years with the exception of Coltrane , , which featured a blistering version of Harold Arlen 's "Out of This World" were much more conservative. He recorded an album of ballads and participated in album collaborations with Duke Ellington and singer Johnny Hartman , a baritone who specialized in ballads.
The album Ballads recorded —62 is emblematic of Coltrane's versatility, as the quartet shed new light on old-fashioned standards such as "It's Easy to Remember". Despite a more polished approach in the studio, in concert the quartet continued to balance "standards" and its own more exploratory and challenging music, as can be heard on the Impressions recorded —63 , Live at Birdland and Newport '63 both recorded Impressions consists of two extended jams including the title track along with "Dear Old Stockholm", "After the Rain" and a blues.
Coltrane later said he enjoyed having a "balanced catalogue. On March 6, , the group entered Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and recorded a session that was lost for decades after its master tape was destroyed by Impulse Records to cut down on storage space.
On June 29, , Impulse! A culmination of much of Coltrane's work up to this point, this four-part suite is an ode to his faith in and love for God. These spiritual concerns characterized much of Coltrane's composing and playing from this point onwards—as can be seen from album titles such as Ascension , Om and Meditations.
The fourth movement of A Love Supreme , "Psalm", is, in fact, a musical setting for an original poem to God written by Coltrane, and printed in the album's liner notes. Coltrane plays almost exactly one note for each syllable of the poem, and bases his phrasing on the words. He was especially influenced by the dissonance of Ayler's trio with bassist Gary Peacock ,  who had worked with Paul Bley , and drummer Sunny Murray , whose playing was honed with Cecil Taylor as leader.
Coltrane championed many young free jazz musicians such as Archie Shepp ,  and under his influence Impulse! A series of recordings with the Classic Quartet in the first half of show Coltrane's playing becoming abstract, with greater incorporation of devices like multiphonics , use of overtones, and playing in the altissimo register, as well as a mutated return of Coltrane's sheets of sound.
In the studio, he all but abandoned soprano saxophone to concentrate on tenor. The quartet responded by playing with increasing freedom. In June , he went into Van Gelder's studio with ten other musicians including Shepp,  Pharoah Sanders ,  Freddie Hubbard ,  Marion Brown , and John Tchicai  to record Ascension , a minute piece that included solos by young avant-garde musicians. After recording with the quartet over the next few months, Coltrane invited Sanders to join the band in September While Coltrane frequently used overblowing as an emotional exclamation-point, Sanders "was involved in the search for 'human' sounds on his instrument,"  employing "a tone which blasted like a blow torch"  and drastically expanding the vocabulary of his horn by employing multiphonics , growling , and "high register squeals [that] could imitate not only the human song but the human cry and shriek as well.
By late , Coltrane was regularly augmenting his group with Sanders and other free jazz musicians. Rashied Ali joined the group as a second drummer. This was the end of the quartet. Claiming he was unable to hear himself over the two drummers, Tyner left the band shortly after the recording of Meditations.CHARLIE PARKER VINYL volume 2 LP EVEREST Sax SEALED fs BIRD Be Bop JAZZ roach $ The Music of Charlie Parker played by Payne, Woods, Socolow ect SAVOY MG