“… comprehensive, engrossing and, it’s tempting to say, worshipful … smartly shaped and vigorously told.” – Hollywood Reporter
Jazz lovers, beware – this is one rabbit hole you might not ever emerge from!
This exhaustive documentary is brimming with fabulous, never-before seen archival photographs and filmed appearances, delicious stories and fantastic sounds from and about the saxophone genius of jazz legend John Coltrane.
From his very first recording as part of a US Navy band stationed at Pearl Harbour in 1946, the film sets sail through Coltrane’s entire life and career, paying homage to his musical genius while charting a course through the enormous social change happening during his times.
Along the way we’re treated to first-hand stories of Coltrane and his contemporaries – including the Miles Davis Quintet – and his family and friends. Here it’s no surprise that Denzel Washington supplies the voice to the great man’s personal writings and written interviews.
Whether you’re a jazz obsessive, a casual fan or a philistine, there’s many a reward in just looking at the archival material and photographs. There’s so much cool stuff bubbling away just beneath the surface of this one-of-a-kind jazz pioneer, so get on board the Trane!