Jazz Saxophonist and Composer
My earliest introduction to John Coltrane came in the form of Coltrane's duet with Duke Ellington on "In a Sentimental Mood". The saxophone throughout the song creates a harmonious blend and introduces a technique called contrapuntal or chromatic embellishment of static harmony.
Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions during his career and appeared as a sideman on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.
In A Sentimental Mood