It is amazing the diversity of response to Coltrane, as illustrated by the above comments. 'Trane was one of the first jazz musicians who I really felt entranced by, along with Miles and 60's Wayne Shorter. It was actually later that I came to fully appreciate the inovators who came before, especially in the swing period. It took moving forward to send me to the later player's influences and realize where it all was coming from.
Where I lose my comfortable footing in jazz phrasing is with a number of fusion players, who come across angular and cold to me. I have favorites there too (Scofield, early Metheny) but I just can't hang with Mahavishnu most of the time. Then again, I still like that Jack Johnson period Miles, too...
But I digress....
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