Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

2016

Biography / Documentary / Music

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 937

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Denzel Washington as John Coltrane
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by blitzebill 8 / 10

Train your sights on Trane

Pretty good doc on John Coltrane.

Although some of the talking heads like former President Clinton and Carlos Santana are not useful and only distract from the subject. Clinton's only there cause he thinks he knows how to play the sax.

My biggest beef is with the section on 1965. Coltrane did not just up and invent a new avant-garde style. That came from contemporaries like Ornette Coleman (who is not even mentioned, and created what was known as "Free Jazz.") and some of the wild cats like Sun Ra and Rahsaan Roland Kirk (again none of them mentioned).

Coltrane surely heard those cats and was influenced by them. But the film fails to deliver that critical content.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"His sound is the sound of life, and the sound of love". - Carlos Santana on John Coltrane

It's a shame no footage exists of John Coltrane ever giving an interview, as that would have been a more than welcome addition to this documentary. The stats on his credits page here on IMDb doesn't even list any variety show appearances, unusual in that many of his peers would have taken the occasion for that type of exposure. As it is, actor Denzel Washington narrates what would have been Coltrane's spoken words throughout the film, taking the viewer from his early childhood to the zenith of his musical career, cut short by liver cancer at the age of forty in 1967.

Offering their personal reflections and perspectives on the life and music of Coltrane are folks like Carlos Santana, Cornel West, Wynton Marsalis and John Densmore, drummer for The Doors. Densmore relates a humorous story of the time he went to a performance by Coltrane and retreated to the Men's Room numerous times because it was right next to the musician's dressing room. A chance encounter at one point left Densmore speechless and a quizzical look on Coltrane's face.

Members of Coltrane's family included sons Ravi and Oran, and stepdaughter Antonia Andrews who appeared quite emotional in recounting her experiences with her father. As a testament to Coltrane's global fame as a celebrated jazz musician, Japanese memorabilia collector Yasuhiro Fujioka displayed part of his massive collection of Coltrane music and press clippings.

Fans of Coltrane will undoubtedly find the documentary revealing to the extreme relative to his early heroin addiction and the spiritual awakening that occurred in 1957 after being fired from the Miles Davis Quintet for his drug use. The rest of his life became a vehicle of thanking God for his boundless talent and musical expression. Just lately I've been listening to Coltrane's music myself without attempting to analyze it the way professional musicians and historians do. In that regard, I must say that I'd have to concur with Professor Cornel West who stated at one point that at times, he's not prepared to grasp what the great Coltrane was doing with his music.

Reviewed by RolyRoly 9 / 10

Tribute to a genius

We live in horribly divisive times. Racially, politically, culturally, economically, Americans have rarely been more divided. Coltrane was a uniting force in America, a man who struggled with his own demons and emerged to deliver a message of hope and redemption - all through the most sublime music -a message that we would do well to remember today.

This film is a wonderful tribute to one of our greatest artists. When most of us were content to bask in his artistry, Coltrane was already 10 miles down the road to some other achievement.

We use the word genius too liberally, but Trane was a genius.

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