A subdued Funky Friday, today. Many of my friends in South Africa are mourning the death of Anton Hammerl, who was killed over a month ago by Muammar Gadaffi's soldiers in Libya. News of his death came only yesterday. The Libyan government had consistently lied to South Africa about his whereabouts and condition. It's been a terrible ordeal for his family, friends, and colleagues. My heart goes out to them.
John Coltrane was one of the great artists of the twentieth century. He endured trials of his own. At this point in his career, he was searching for meaning, and finding it, in the music of African-American religious traditions.
The John Coltrane Quartet, 1963. "Spiritual." John Coltrane, tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner, piano, Jimmy Garrison, bass, Elvin Jones, drums.