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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

2016

Action / Biography / Documentary / Music

7.3

Synopsis

CHASING TRANE is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson...?) the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, CHASING TRANE brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man...

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by blitzebill 8 /10

Train your sights on Trane

Pretty good doc on John Coltrane.

Although some of the talking heads like former President Clinton and Carlos Santana are not useful and only distract from the subject. Clinton's only there cause he thinks he knows how to play the sax.

My biggest beef is with the section on 1965. Coltrane did not just up and invent a new avant-garde style. That came from contemporaries like Ornette Coleman (who is not even mentioned, and created what was known as "Free Jazz.") and some of the wild cats like Sun Ra and Rahsaan Roland Kirk (again none of them mentioned).

Coltrane surely heard those cats and was influenced by them. But the film fails to deliver that critical content.

Reviewed by GManfred N/A

For 'Trane

"Chasing Trane" is as comprehensive as a documentary about the short life of John Coltrane can get. Apart from his recordings, precious little exists about the life and career of arguably the best saxophone player who ever lived. This documentary traces his upbringing in the Jim Crow South to the pinnacle of his career - at which point he died of liver cancer. He was 40.

The filmmakers used still shots coupled with interviews with his surviving friends, family members and admirers. He never gave an interview, and when he is quoted the voice-over is Denzel Washington. Those interviewed include Cornel West, best friend Sonny Rollins, his children and -surprise- saxophonist Bill Clinton. Testimony is given regarding his musical perspective and the impact music had on his life and the lives of others. It is extremely illuminating and insightful.

I could go on and on, and suffice it to say the film is never slow or dull. It is a fast 99 minutes and it is terrific. If you are a fan of his you should go and see it. You have to.

Reviewed by micahth 4 /10

Informative yet shallow

The state of knowledge about jazz is so abysmal that a film like this can simultaneously be informative and shallow. It can tell the non-initiated quite a lot of biographical details, as this film does adeptly with saxophonist John Coltrane, but still not give more than cursory attention to Coltrane's greatest accomplishment, his music.

Despite the inclusion of musicians like Reggie Workman and critics like Ben Ratliff, very little time is spent describing the details of Coltrane's music as it relates to the context of jazz. Sure, Cornel West talks about how the music moves him in his trademark wonderfully loquacious manner and Bill Clinton says the same in the way that he talks, but it was all telling, not showing. The film really did not explain how Coltrane modified bop with denser and faster playing. Or how Coltrane took the, already brilliant, already out there, free jazz work from the likes of Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra and made it his chaotic yet soulful yet violent own.

Perhaps this would have gone over the head of the average viewer, but at least it would have been an attempt to explain what made Coltrane notable.

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