Actually that's the long version too.
I did try to avoid the obvious. I went with one track from his time with Thelonious Monk, one from his last recording session, one from the so-called "classic quartet" era (one of the greatest groups in jazz history) but not really doing their "classic quartet thing" here since Roy Haynes is sitting in for Elvin Jones, and one from the 1950's Miles Davis group (also, one of the greatest groups in jazz history, with or without the addition of Cannonball Adderley, and with whichever pianist or drummer was in the band at the time).
It's amazing to consider how much Coltrane accomplished and evolved throughout a career that was really only around fifteen years long. Sad when you think about how he died just a couple of months short of his 41st birthday. Coltrane was born only four years before Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins, both of whom lived to at least 85 while remaining active and creative. Imagine a healthy Coltrane living at least through the end of the 20th Century. Electric Coltrane? An 1980's Marsalis era neo-classical phase? Further explorations of African sounds, new and traditional? Sitting in with the Grateful Dead? The possibilities are endless, yet remain only such. But, I guess the briefness of this intensity is part of what makes it so special.
September 23rd is also the birthday of an strangely large number of musicians, we covered that topic more fully last year, but we do have a track from Ray Charles from one of his more jazzier dates (sorry, Bruce fans).
Last week, I also mentioned a Coltrane poem by my Boston Free Radio colleague Alan Patterson, and you can find it here.
I've also been playing a lot of long pieces lately, and there are back-to-back fifteen minute tracks today. I swear it's not out of laziness, but I have gotten around to thinking up a better excuse.