Hello Stranger #5 A Trane Is A’ Comin’

Hello-Stranger-BlogHello Stranger,

A Trane is coming.

I am hit with an audio assault that fills me with all colors of life, love, sex, wrath and unbridled joy. I hold my son close.

My seed!

Freedom!

OLÉ!

Once again, all things are possible. Gone are the self doubts, the indecisions, the muddled mind. Instead…

I CAN. I AM. I BE.

Stranger is. A close friend.

Loving and cussing and walking tall. Humble. Complicated. Created for your well being.

Do NOT come to Stranger Comics and expect. We be Joe Frazier’s left hook. Kid friendly. R Rated. And all of the above. Harder than rock candy. Brighton pier, we appear, more dazzling than a red feathered kingfisher in flight. Salmon leaping, goodfoot seeking. Floating left. Stomping right. I write to romp and kill, time with a rhyme and claymore.

Africa Brass horn of Trane. A crew of Family Guys with a promise for our generations to follow. So when you ban us for a boob, and be quick to label buffoon, beware, the masterplan is for…

EVERYDAY PEOPLE…
To sing a simple song. Might just cure uptight jeans.

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Alice and John Coltrane

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Schooled by the legendary Bud Powell, pianist Alice McLeod replaced the great McCoy Tyner in John Coltrane’s group in 1965. She married John a year later.

There are many documented books on John and Alice that are inspired by their life and legacy including a personal favorite, Lewis Porter’s, “John Coltrane: His Life and Music.” John is forever one of the giants in jazz history. He has received many accolades, too many to mention here, including an anointment by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane. In 2007, John was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his “masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz.”

John is how he evolved spiritually, which can be heard through his later compositions. He transcended “jazz”. After John passed in 1967, Alice, also a genius composer and a harpist, continued John’s works of spiritual travelling through music with his remarkable protégé, the enigmatic Pharoah Sanders, who I had the honor of meeting.

For me, the study of John and Alice Coltrane and their body of work in music is only a part of the tale. They are Legends. Prophets. Angels. I have never been a religious man, but I will say… when I listen… I hear. And when I hear… I listen.

And as much as I LOVE soul, punk, funk, and blues… hearing John and Alice Coltrane is the truth. But I’m not going to preach about how their music made me believe, where no one person had.

Instead, I will offer 12 beautiful tunes of Alice, John, and Pharoah in hopes of planting a seed and letting it grow.

EQUINOX – John Coltrane
IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD – Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
OLÉ – John Coltrane
AFRICA – John Coltrane
A LOVE SUPREME Pt.1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – John Coltrane (Please listen to Part IV. PSALM)
DEAR LORD – John Coltrane
JOURNEY INTO SATCHIDANANDA – Alice Coltrane
BLUE NILE – Alice Coltrane
SOMETHING ABOUT JOHN COLTRANE – Alice Coltrane
LOWER EGYPT – Pharoah Sanders
THE CREATOR HAS A MASTERPLAN – Pharoah Sanders

Just for good measure check out John’s work with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

SO WHAT – Miles Davis featuring John Coltrane

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