Went back to the hometown, High Point N.C., while doing an event in Randolph county last month. Had some ‘cue– see picture above (for you non divine swine eaters, that’s short for southern barbecue which is hickory smoked pork— accept no substitutes). My real mission however was not to stop at Kepley’s but to finally: 1) find the Coltrane statue downtown, and 2) visit the High Point museum’s Coltrane wing (see the next post). Here’s the statue and it’s explanation—
Coltrane had an absolutely distinctive sound as well. In fact they called it sheets of sound. If you are wondering where to begin penetrating the Coltrane ouevre, I recommend starting slow and easy with: 1) his Ballads CD, and 2) the best selling jazz CD of all time— Kind of Blue when he was in a group with Miles Davis and Bill Evans (the best trio imaginable, but they also had a great bass and drum player as well). Coltrane’s music was indeed spiritual. He was raised in the Baptist Church and you can read what he says on the sign above. There is even a church in San Francisco that has a Coltrane hymnal! I kid thee not. Coltrane tunes as the basis for hymns.
So if you want to start learning about classic jazz (not to be confused with modern smooth jazz), start with Trane, and Miles, and Evans, but especially Trane.