John Coltrane – Central Park West

14 08 2013

Recorded in Atlantic Studios in the winter of 1960, Central Park West perfectly encapsulates a lazy meditative walk through Manhattan’s garden retreat. Coltrane’s saxophone slides sweetly through the accompaniment as if in birdsong, his melody a gentle caress on the ears. What strikes me most about Coltrane is his astounding musical intellect. This deceivingly simple song uses a modulatory cycle of ascending thirds – a technically complex structure that perfectly aids his poetic expression.

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Miles Davis – So What

26 02 2013

A live performance of ‘So What’, the opening track on the 1959 album Kind of Blue, widely considered one of the greatest jazz LPs of all time. It features the unbeatable combination of Miles Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on sax, Bill Evans on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums and Paul Chambers on bass.