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The Piece – For Alto Saxophone and Piano

The Piece for Alto Saxophone and PianoThe Piece, composition for alto saxophone and piano is finished. I drafted this one a long time ago, and it was sitting unfinished until recently. This is a short compositionlasting only about two minutes, and is quite simple formally. Partly it is influenced by John Coltrane harmony, but it is intended to be approached in a classical style by legit players. This piece would be a nice addition to any classical saxophone player’s repertoire.

I would like to thank Tomislav Žužak, saxophone professor at Zagreb Music Academy, for useful suggestions on dynamics and articulations, and also distinguished Croatian pianist Mia Elezović, for checking out the piano part. Continue reading

An Interview with John Coltrane by Frank Kofsky

An Interview with John Coltrane – interviewed by Frank Kofsky

One afternoon in November 1966, Frank Kofsky took the train out to Long Island, he was about to spend the day with John Coltrane. Kofsky brought his tape recorder and what we get to hear is the conversation the two men had as they drove through town and made a few stops along the way. Below is video sample from Blank on Blank YouTube channel. Continue reading

Coltrane on Coltrane – Down Beat

Coltrane on Coltrane - Down BeatColtrane on Coltrane by John Coltrane in collaboration with Don DeMicheal – 9/29/1960Down Beat Archives – Classic Interview.

I’ve been listening to jazzmen, especially saxophonists, since the time of the early Count Basie records, which featured Lester Young. Pres was my first real influence, but the first horn I got was an alto, not a tenor. I wanted a tenor, but some friends of my mother advised her to buy me an alto because it was a smaller horn and easier for a youngster to handle. This was 1943. Continue reading

John Coltrane – Three Solo Transcriptions

John Coltrane tenor saxophone solo transcriptions on Stella by Starlight (Victor Young) from Miles Davis1958 Miles, Flamenco Sketches (Miles Davis / Bill Evans) from Miles DavisKind Of Blue and Take the Coltrane (Duke Ellington) from Duke Ellington & John Coltrane.

The transcriptions are available at transcriptions page.
Keep practicing and have fun!
1958 Miles Kind Of Blue - Miles Davis Duke Ellington & John Coltrane