Influence of John Coltrane's Music on Improvising Saxophonists: Comparing Selected Improvisations of Coltrane, Jerry Bergonzi, and David Liebman

Author: Sugg, Andrew N.
Year:2014
Pages:448
ISBN:0-7734-4281-2
978-0-7734-4281-8
Price:199.95
This book investigates the influence of Coltrane’s music on the improvising of post-Coltrane saxophonist by inspecting selected improvisations of Jerry Bergonzi and David Liebman and comparing them to improvisations by Coltrane on the same repertoire piece.
A ground-breaking study that examine the magnitude of Jazz legend, John Coltrane’s influence, from an analytical perspective, on subsequent Post-Coltrane saxophonist in the development of their respective improvisatory styles and creative approaches to this music genre.

Reviews

“Andy has tackled one of the many areas that Trane explored, coming up with a systematic and organized study of how I and my esteemed peer, Jerry Bergonzi, used aspects of Trane’s language in our own individual way… Jazz is primarily an improvised art form meaning analysis comes after the fact. But one must be informed and competent in the area (as Andy is) to make sense out of it all. For this studious work and hours spent I thank him.”
-David Liebman,
Musician, Composer, Founder and Artistic Director
The International Association of Schools of Jazz


“Everybody talks about the profound influence of Coltrane, but saxophonist Andy Sugg shows us in detail how this influence works. By analyzing solos of Coltrane, Jerry Bergonzi, and Dave Liebman, on the song “On Green Dolphin Street,” he shows how the latter two masters draw from Coltrane and yet move in entirely different directions. Another of Andy’s accomplishments is to show why Coltrane decided to focus almost entirely on modal music and that it had to do with his relationship to the rhythm section. This is a valuable study!”
-Lewis Porter,
Professor of Music, Rutgers University,
Director of Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research


“Andy Sugg’s study of the post-Coltrane mastery of David Liebman and Jerry Bergonzi breaks important new ground. Another major Coltrane-influenced player, Michael Brecker, said that ‘we can often learn more from those who were influenced by a great player, than from that great player himself.’ Such is the case with Sugg’s analytical masterpiece: this is the first major publication to focus directly on two major post-Trane players, and hone in on their direct connection to the master who affected their music so deeply. Anyone who studies Coltrane should have this book.”
-Dr. David Demsey,
Coordinator of Jazz Studies
William Paterson University


Table of Contents

Foreword by David Liebman
Preface
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1:
Introduction
Chapter 2: Coltrane’s Modal Period
Chapter 3: Coltrane’s “On Green Dolphin Street”
Improvisations: Improvisatory Vocabulary
Chapter 4: John Coltrane’s “On Green Dolphin Street”
Improvisations: Ensemble Context
Chapter 5: Jerry Bergonzi’s “On Green Dolphin Street”
Improvisations: Improvisatory Vocabulary
Chapter 6: Jerry Bergonzi’s “On Green Dolphin Street”
Improvisation of 12 March 1989: Ensemble Context
Chapter 7: David Liebman’s “On Green Dolphin Street”
Improvisations: Improvisatory Vocabulary
Chapter 8: David Liebman’s “On Green Dolphin Street”
Improvisations: Ensemble Context
Chapter 9: Summary and Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index