Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Rated NR 99 minutes 2017

Biodoc celebration of the life and lasting influence of jazz saxophone “Heavyweight Champion” John Coltrane (1926-1967) suffers a slight bit from the scarcity of film/video footage of the musician in performance, but the stellar taking heads singing his praises – Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Carlos Santana, Bill Clinton, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Trane’s son Ravi Coltrane, et al. – take up plenty of the slack. Writer-director John Scheinfeld stresses the spiritual aspect of Coltrane’s playing, and there are copious audio samples of his work. A fine introduction to the Coltrane mystique (99 min., 2016, not rated) (K.V.)

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Director: John Scheinfeld

Writer: John Scheinfeld

Producer: Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci and Dave Harding

Cast: Denzel Washington, Bill Clinton, Common, John Densmore, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis, Kamasi Washington, Carlos Santana, Sonny Rollins and Ashley Kahn


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