How was your Christmas? Were you able to give (and get) the gifts you were hoping for (and to)? Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary was under the tree in my house this year. The wrapping paper may have had my husband’s name on it, but it’s already proving to be a gift for both of us. Terry and I originally saw Chasing Trane at Frontier this summer, and much like Loving Vincent, as soon as the film was over, we both declared we already wanted to see it again. Thanks to a massive snowstorm, this Christmas proved to be the perfect day to do just that. Chasing Trane is a beautifully put-together, uplifting documentary about the life and music of jazz-man extraordinaire John Coltrane, as told by the people who knew and loved him in one form or another (family, friends, fans).
Chasing Trane is filled with fantastic music, interesting interviews, and the gorgeous paintings of Rudy Gutierrez, all of which blend together to tell the story of a man who overcame his demons, explored new frontiers, and changed the landscape of his craft. “My music is the spiritual expression of what I am,” he said. “I want to be the force that is truly for good.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the work of John Coltrane, Curtis Memorial Library is here to help! A quick Minerva search reveals CDs, books, and – you guessed it – even a copy of Chasing Trane. Curl up on your couch on a cold day and let John Coltrane’s music and story warm you up.