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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound Paperback – October 28, 2008
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“Ratliff has turned me on to more music over the last few years than any other writer. . . . The listening skills of a great critic and the ability to convey what he hears are what he brings here.” ―R. J. Smith, Los Angeles Times
“American jazz writing needs more books like this, which engage jazz with an expansive literary imagination in a broad cultural context. . . . This is an important and rewarding book.” ―Down Beat
“Overheated prose seems to follow Coltrane like an insistent stream of bum notes, but Ratliff, the dauntingly omnivorous New York Times critic, manages cool restraint in this clear-eyed, nuanced consideration of the jazz giant's influence.” ―The Atlantic Monthly
“Brilliant, economical . . . sharp . . . [Ratliff] skillfully and convincingly places Coltrane as something of a man apart from most other musicians--a cultural comet, as much as a musical one.” ―Henry C. Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Ben Ratliff has been a jazz critic at The New York Times since 1996. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their two sons. His New York Times Essential Library: Jazz was published in 2002.
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A great read and very informative .
Well worth the read.
about trane and has a bit more bite because of a bit of criticism reported about trane from people of the past, not just unadulterated praise for the master.. just a feeling i get from the read: like we know trane the man and not just the legend.. the imperfections were refreshing.. we don't need or demand that trane be perfect.. he's just perfect as he is.. thanks ben, great read man :-)