Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Reviews

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July 8, 2020
Using Coltrane's music as a soundtrack, Scheinfeld has assembled archival materials and moving recollections from such jazz greats as Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins and Reggie Workman.
March 13, 2020
The lack of technical talk or analysis of his music seems not only a discredit to the legendary man and his craft, but a disappointment to longtime fans and neophytes, eager to learn more about him.
June 12, 2018
Working with the family of the musician, there are a lot of revealing home movie and archival footage and the words of Coltrane - from interviews or writings - are spoken with cool authority by Denzel Washington.
April 4, 2018
... does an adequate job telling Coltrane's life story, successfully using animation to embellish its narrative, it ultimately can't live up to its subject's stature as an artist, nor fully convey the magnitude of his musical contributions ...
December 29, 2017
Fans of the musician will find plenty to tune into here, and the uninitiated will likely go away wanting to scoop up as much of Coltrane's music as they can get their hands on.
December 5, 2017
Passionate docu about iconic jazz musician; drugs, alcohol.
October 12, 2017
... Chasing Trane functions as a solid primer for newcomers, while its stunning performance clips, winsome home movies and teeming cavalcade of interviewee.... will keep aficionados perfectly engaged.
August 30, 2017
Some lovely animation, superb integration of archival photographs and film footage, plus impeccable editing by Peter S. Lynch II keep Chasing Trane informative and engaging.
August 21, 2017
As a lover of jazz history or great Americans, it is your duty to not miss this documentary.
July 18, 2017
Scheinfeld's Chasing Trane stands as a worthy addition to the liturgy of jazz on film, as well as a movie that charts racial issues inextricably imbedded in Coltrane's story.
June 22, 2017
It's interesting stuff, but all the talk gets in the way of the music, weighing down this formulaic documentary with a pedagogical approach.
June 21, 2017
It really aims to examine the source of his music's great power - what Coltrane called A Love Supreme was, Scheinfeld argues here, a love of life, which he endeavored to reflect in his music.
June 2, 2017
Scheinfeld's film may not reinvent the documentary genre the way its subject attacked the genre of jazz, and at times it seems to gloss over problematic areas, but his uplifting subject makes his film more than worth a look.
May 24, 2017
The 100-minute film is aimed at people who already understand John Coltrane's importance -- and therefore will be sorry it doesn't go deeper -- without providing much context for beginners.
May 20, 2017
Chasing Trane gets off to a passable, if unimaginative, start telling John Coltrane's story, but it fails to finish the job with any kind of grace or equanimity.
May 19, 2017
Like Coltrane's music, the sheer brilliance of his musicianship cuts through the clutter.
May 6, 2017
Multiple passages stitched from a succession of still photographs with readings of Coltrane's words in Denzel Washington's recognizable voice make for deadly viewing.
May 5, 2017
Glorious portrait of American musical genius.
May 4, 2017
This is pretty close to the Coltrane doc of our dreams.
May 4, 2017
This documentary about John Coltrane provides a fine overview of his career for the uninitiated and plenty of lesser-known information for fans.
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