Tuesday, February 27, 2007

 

Episode 4 - Dave Schroeder



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The Director of the NYU Jazz Studies program, Dave Schroeder, presents a dynamic portrait of John Coltrane. Aside from running one of the best jazz education programs in the states, he is also a fabulous musician who plays regularly with his band Combo Nuvo in New York City and the surrounding area. Throughout the production of the Traneumentary, Dave played a key role as advisor along with Lewis Porter. On this episode, Dave shares his early experiences hearing Trane and also provides an enriched examination of key elements that made John Coltrane so unique and amazing.

More information: NYUJazzStudies

Tracks used in this episode:

“Lazy Bird”
“Om”
“My Favorite Things”
“Lover”
“Too Young To Go Steady”
“Venus”

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Monday, February 19, 2007

 

Episode 3 - Michael Cuscuna (Commentary)



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Veteran producer Michael Cuscuna is the "go to" guy when it comes to jazz reissue production and remastering. He is one of the most knowledgeable sources when it comes to jazz artists and recordings plus he is one of owners of the phenom niche label, Mosaic Records. On our first Traneumentary commentary episode, Michael shares his rich views on one of Coltrane’s finest compositions and recordings as a leader – Blue Train. Later in the series, Michael will discuss his first hand experience seeing the John Coltrane Quartet live and also break down the historic Carnegie Hall recording and musical relationship of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.

More information: MosaicRecords

Tracks used on this episode:

"Blue Train" from Blue Train

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Monday, February 12, 2007

 

Episode 2 - Jimmy Cobb



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Legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb has performed and recorded with many of the most prolific jazz artists including Miles Davis, Dinah Washington, Wes Montgomery and Sarah Vaughan. Jimmy’s work with John Coltrane is most recognized on Miles’ recordings such as “Kind of Blue,” “Someday My Prince Will Come” and “In Person Friday and Saturday Nights At the Blackhawk.” While Trane was recording various sessions for the Prestige label, he recruited Jimmy to play on several of them. On this episode, Jimmy recounts working and recording with John Coltrane.

More information: JimmyCobb.com

Tracks used in this episode:

“Love Thy Neighbor”
“My Ideal”
“I’m A Dreamer, Aren’t We All”
“Invitation”
“Spring Is Here”

All tracks taken from the “Fearless Leader” box set.

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

 

Episode 1 - Terence Blanchard



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We officially launch the Traneumentary episodes with New Orleans based trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard. Terence has worked and recorded with a number of musicians including Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton and Donald Harrison and has scored numerous films most notably for Spike Lee. His latest recordings are "Flow" ( Amazon| iTunes), "Inside Man" ( Amazon | iTunes ) and "When The Levees Broke..." (Amazon).

On this episode, Terence talks about his introduction to John Coltrane and comments on the saxophonist's innovation and lasting impact.

Additional information: TerenceBlanchard.com

Track excerpts used in this episode:

"Trane’s Blues” & "Four" from Miles Davis Quintet “Workin’”
"Acknowledgement" from A Love Supreme
"I Want To Talk About You," "Afro Blue" and "Chasin' The Trane" from Afro Blue Impressions

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McCoy Tyner Greeting



The Traneumentary’s journey started last summer with a visit with McCoy Tyner after a performance at New York’s famed Blue Note jazz club. After McCoy’s first set, I met him in his dressing room and presented an overview of this series and asked if he would be interested in participating. Although he was unaware of podcasts and blogs, he understood the importance of celebrating and expanding the legacy of John Coltrane to a new and digital-savvy audience. He immediately agreed to be a part of this innovative program and then he cut the special greeting contained on this episode. I did not edit much of his original statement for it was purely sincere and loving. Later in this series, you will hear McCoy talk about his personal relationship with John as well as the amazing experience he had playing with the famous Quartet.

An excerpt from the classic track "Lonnie's Lament" is playing under McCoy’s message. It is from the John Coltrane album "Crescent" / Amazon | iTunes.

Friday, February 02, 2007

 

The Traneumentary - Premiere Episode



What better way to start the Traneumentary then hearing the man himself talk about his art. These interview excerpts, taken from the album entitled "Miles Davis & John Coltrane - Live in Stockholm 1960," find Coltrane at a very unique place - ending his stint with MIles and starting his Atlantic Records tenure. Enjoy familiar Trane musical excerpts in this musical preview of the series.

All music used in Traneumentary episodes will be listed per each blog entry and when possible, a soundtrack iMix will also be listed and linked to iTunes.

Track excerpts used in this episode:

"I Want To Talk About You" from Live At Birdland
"On Green Dolphin Street" from Miles Davis/John Coltane Live in Stockholm 1960
"My Favorite Things" from My Favorite Things
"Acknowledgement" from A Love Supreme
"My One & Only Love" from John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

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(John Coltrane interview excerpts courtesy of Dragon Records.)

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