The Spirit of Trane

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Dear listener 

 Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, The Spirit of Trane is our attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man’s music. John Coltrane was the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history. Whether it is his patented sheets of sound, his rapid-fire improvisations, the advanced harmonic progressions, the sonic impact of the best jazz quartet ever or his lush interpretations of the most beautiful ballads, no aspiring music lover can afford to neglect the music of Trane. But Coltrane is far greater than the sum of his outstanding musical achievements. He was a voice of a generation, an artistic revolutionary spirit, a man who transformed anger into love and plight into a humanist message. Coltrane is for us jazz at its best: an authentic creative wave of constant transformation and innovation. Trane is for us, first and foremost, a spirit.

I hope you enjoy this musical journey




In a Sentimental Mood – Duke Ellington

Invitation – Bronisław Kaper

Minor Thing – Gilad Atzmon

Soul Eyes – Mal Waldron

Blue Train – John Coltrane

Naima – John Coltrane

Giant Steps – John Coltrane

Say It (Over And Over Again) – Jimmy McHugh


Gilad Atzmon – tenor & soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet & flute

Frank Harrison – piano

Yaron Stavi – acoustic bass

Enzo Zirilli – drums

The Sigamos String Quartet

Ros Stephen – violin

Marianne Haynes – violin

Felix Tanner – viola

Laura Anstee – Cello

Strings arrangements – Ros Stephen

Produced by Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble

Recorded by George Murphy and Philip Bagenal at Eastcote Studios, London, 19–20 December 2016

Mixed by Gilad Atzmon

Mastered by Andrew Tulloch at The Blue Studio, London, 29 June 2017

Album design by Manfred Brey

Gilad Atzmon plays Selmer Saxophones, Morgan Fry mouthpieces and Marca Reeds.