MUSIC: SAX CHAMP

REDISCOVERING THE WORK OF JAZZ PIONEER JOHN COLTRANE

Archaeologists travel the earth to dig for ancient artifacts, but for music archivists a buried treasure can be as close as a widow's dusty attic or a record company's forgotten storehouse. Consider the legacy of saxophonist John Coltrane. Though he died in 1967 and his best work has been available for decades, a cache of recently uncovered tapes offers fresh insights into the unique style and recording methods of one of jazz's revolutionaries.

What made Coltrane great? For some it was his sheer lung power and gale-wind force. "'Trane was the loudest, fastest saxophonist I've ever heard...he was possessed when he...

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