Directed by John Scheinfeld
HOME, 10 January 2018
It happens to everyone, John Coltrane, me and you too. We will run out of time.
People listen to Coltrane and think, naturally enough, this is a great artist. They learn about his life and it is clear, as well, that he is a good man, a noble soul.
It is an excellent documentary, this one, giving you a clear sense of his life and times. Growing up poor in the South, where he came from a family of church ministers. Discovering music as a boy. Playing in a navy band during World War Two. Joining Dizzy Gillespie’s band but being booted out because of his drug use. Then being part of Miles Davis’ outfit, yet growing out of it, changing, changing, slowly finding his way. And that’s John Coltrane in essence: a pilgrim soul. Stumbling sometimes, yet always searching, forging his own path. His art a byproduct of that spiritual search, A Love Supreme above all.
In the end, he ran out of time. It happens to everyone: it happened to him, it will happen to me and you too. We will run out of time.
A very fine film.