Being (and Becoming) John Coltrane: Listening for Jazz “Subjectivity”

David Ake

in Jazz Matters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266889
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947399 | DOI:
Being (and Becoming) John Coltrane: Listening for Jazz “Subjectivity”

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This chapter focuses on John Coltrane's rise in the jazz world, identifying three main performance models that were favored by Coltrane and his groups from the late 1950s until his death in 1967. It then introduces three subjectivities—called being, becoming, and transcendent—that compare to the musical “personas” configured by the three models. The chapter also suggests that Coltrane's listeners have imagined and heard—through these personas—their own ideas of who Coltrane was as a person and what his performances meant.

Keywords: John Coltrane; performance models; subjectivities; musical personas

Chapter.  7901 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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