India Music Week (N.Y.): John Coltrane and the integration of Indian concepts in jazz improvisation (Essay)
Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 8, 2013
origin: Jazz Research Journal / issue: JRJ 2.2 (2008) 155-175 (print: ISSN 1753-8637 / online: ISSN 1753-8645)
publisher/editor: Tony Whyton / University of Salford (© Equinox Publishing Ltd 2009.)
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John Coltrane and the
integration of Indian
concepts in jazz
… written by Carl Clements
(Professor for Music, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.)
John Coltrane was at the forefront of many important directions in jazz in the 1950s and 1960s, including ‘hard bop’, ‘modal jazz’, ‘avant-garde jazz’, and ‘world music’. One interest that became an increasingly dominant focus for him in his later years was the study of Indian music and spirituality. While Coltrane’s music remained firmly rooted in jazz, this exploration was an important part of the development of Coltrane’s personal style from the early 1960s to the end of his life in 1967. A number of factors inspired Coltrane to explore Indian music and thought, and an investigation of specific applications of these ideas in his music will present some insight into his stylistic motivation. His incorporation of Indian ideas also inspired many other musicians, such as John McLaughlin, Dave Liebman, and Jan Garbarek, to pursue this direction, and it remains an important part of his legacy.
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Contact the Author: Carl Clements PhD candidate, Ethnomusicology,
City University of New York Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York 10016-4309 USA
(Source: 10/2013 – IMW – India Music Week | Essays)