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Rhino releases Coltrane’s work during the Atlantic years

John Coltrane has taken the spotlight this year with the release of John Scheinfeld’s highly anticipated Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, which began its theatrical run April 14. Now, Rhino will focus on the revolutionary music the “heavyweight champion” of jazz recorded for Atlantic Records with a series of releases.
It all began on June 9 with the arrival of a new anthology that includes nine tracks selected from recordings the saxophonist made for Atlantic Records between 1959 and 1961. Trane: The Atlantic Collection is available on LP, CD and digitally.

The compilation will be followed by mono reissues for five Coltrane studio albums: Giant Steps, Olé Coltrane, Coltrane Plays The Blues, Bags & Trane and The Avant-Garde.  These albums were recently issued together as part of Rhino’s boxed set John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years In Mono. The set received critical acclaim in 2016, including five stars from Downbeat, which noted, “With no alternate takes and presented verbatim and presented as the albums were originally issued, song-by-song, there is certainly a warmth, clarity and a sense of wholeness that can give new fans a fresh way to listen to Coltrane.”

The mono albums and new compilation cover the time when Coltrane – after playing on Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue – was moving away from the life of a sideman and embracing the role of bandleader. The music he recorded at Atlantic features some of his finest work, including the wise blues of “Equinox,” a bright, swinging version of “My Shining Hour,” the exuberant “Giant Steps,” and the hit single “My Favorite Things.”

John Coltrane was born Sept. 23, 1926, in Hamlet, N.C. As a child and teen, he studied the E-flat horn, clarinet and alto saxophone. After high school, he continued his musical training in Philadelphia at Granoff Studios and the Ornstein School of Music. He was called to military service during World War II, where he performed in the U.S. Navy Band in Hawaii. After the war, he played with Eddie “CleanHead” Vinson Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Band and Miles Davis Quintet. By 1960, Coltrane had formed The John Coltrane Quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison. He later added Eric Dolphy and Pharoah Sanders. Coltrane is known for his innovative and expressive jazz. He died in 1967 of liver disease.

Coltrane is poised to reach a new audience this year, thanks to Chasing Trane. Written and directed by critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld, it is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.

Some the film’s notable appearances include Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins and Common, with Coltrane’s own words spoken by Denzel Washington.

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