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Artist’s Choice: David Liebman on John Coltrane

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.

David Liebman

It goes without saying that Trane was, for my generation and even beyond that, one of the most admired musicians of all time. He had it all: perfect musicianship, relationships with the greatest jazz musicians, a musical vision of his own and, of course, the clear spiritual essence of his music which he so clearly enunciated on the recording A Love Supreme. Picking 10 tracks is tough because he was so prolific, but I will use as my standard the musical effect these tracks represented.

“Giant Steps”
Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1960)

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