John Coltrane: Body and Soul


Body and Soul


John Coltrane (tenor sax)


Coltrane's Sound (Atlantic 8122-71984-2)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour & Frank Eyton


Recorded: New York, October 24, 1960


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

       Coltrane for Kenyon
     (by Michael Symonds)

My dad played Coleman Hawkins’s solo of “Body and Soul” and he knew it back and forth. I’d hear him play those lines all the time when I practiced. Hearing Coltrane’s interpretation, his own perspective through incorporating his different harmonic sequences of “Giant Steps,” developing different ways of modulation through the harmony, which he was doing on a lot of standard songs during that certain period, was beautiful. It taught me a lot about substitution chords, how to incorporate those things as you’re playing through any given tune—and how it related to the blues as well. It’s one of the most soulful, beautiful versions of that tune.

Later on, Dexter Gordon used them. Dexter gave Coltrane a mouthpiece early on. It might have been the mouthpiece that he was using during a certain early period with Miles. Coltrane was one of Dexter’s disciples, along with Bird and others. You could hear Dexter in Coltrane’s playing at a certain point, and later you hear Coltrane in Dexter’s playing. That mix teaches you a lot about what an amazing, multigenerational, multicultural music this is. We all influence each other in different ways at different times in our careers and personalities.

Reviewer: Joe Lovano

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