Welcome to the Guide to the Week of Music, a round-up of music news, media and releases from the wide musical world. This week, we explore some Coltrane, reflect upon Josephine Foster’s new LP and take in some new sounds and visuals from across the musical landscape.
John Coltrane’s Giant Steps and his impression on contemporary artists
John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is considered to be the tenor saxophonist’s magnum opus: an influence on a wide range of artists, from guitarist John McLaughlin to contemporary sax players like Donny McCaslin and Nat Birchall. But Coltrane’s innovative streak stems back earlier than his 1965 album for Impulse! Records. In 1960, the title of track of his LP Giant Steps boasted a unique approach to chordal structure, thanks to his exploration of the circle of fifths. Coltrane’s approach was explored in depth in the new Earworm mini-documentary by Vox, with Braxton Cook (the alto saxophonist with Marquis Hill Blacktet) chiming in on the qualities of the compositions. Check out the documentary below and while you’re at it, why not peruse William Ellis’ recent One LP portraits, which include Donny McCaslin — shot here at Band on the Wall — discussing his love of A Love Supreme.