And in ‘vaguely related’ news, today is the 75th anniversary of jazz man John Coltrane‘s birth. [NY Times link, registration required]: Musicians far removed from [ Coltrane ] stylistically and likely to define their own music in the most secular terms have embraced him as a role model, or at least have recognized the high seriousness they can claim for themselves by dropping his name. He has come to stand for a disciplined mind-set, a desire for spiritual ecstasy, a vision of music as ritual and of performance as a holy rite.
Birdland on fifty-three
The street sounds like a symphony
We got John Coltrane and a love supreme
Miles says she’s got to be an angel
– Angel of Harlem