Posted by: Dave Douglas on September 10, 2008 @ 6:34 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

The John Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones in 1963.

The amount of music available on YouTube is ridiculous, and to think that a lot of these rare videos used to be passed around on VHS like Soviet era samizdat… Now it’s all there at the click of a mouse. That’s a good thing, and I get the feeling when I talk to younger musicians that they’ve seen everything. This one is particularly powerful – a direct musical comment on the Birmingham church bombing. So direct and focused, simple and complex all at once. One of Coltrane’s finest pieces.

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