I’m of the opinion that jazz writers should be required to pull out their old Coltrane records on a regular basis, as a way of calibrating their critic-o-meter. Not for content, necessarily, but to get an idea of the kind of intensity that (in my idea of a perfect world) should be the norm. Few contemporary players put forth a 10th of Coltrane’s passion. Even fewer seem to understand the importance of his single-minded focus. Tenor saxophonist Andrew Lamb does.
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