Ascension: John Coltrane And His Quest

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Da Capo Press, Aug 5, 2009 - Music - 298 pages
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It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This wire walk will end his career. In this daring moment, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel about Salvo Ursari, whose life begins in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited by gypsy folklore and inspired by the bravery of his persecuted people. Salvo's story moves irresistibly from a tragic fire that envelops his family, to street life in Budapest, where he learns the skills of a wire walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the competitive world of the American circus. Most fulfilled when living with paradox, Salvo feels safest while performing startling feats of balance on a wire high above the dangerous world; and most endangered if performing above a net. With compassion, warmth, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw-dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with mesmerizing detail of Romany and circus culture, and an unforgettable walk with the amazing Salvo Ursari.
 

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The spiritual side of Coltrane and his music come through in this bio... all written in context with the times he was living in, the civil rights struggles of the 60's,. etc... good work. *Read this ... Read full review

Ascension: John Coltrane and his quest

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Saxophonist Coltrane was one of the most influential and widely imitated jazz musicians. Nisenson ( 'Round About Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis , Dial Pr., 1983) places his subject's often ... Read full review

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Contents

Traneing In
8
In the Tradition
22
Workin
34
Sheets of Sound
48
Giant Steps
65
Equinox
81
The Quartet
95
World Music
109
Pursuance
160
Ascension
162
Meditation
187
Out of This World
201
After the Trane
223
epilogue
271
selected discography
277
Copyright

A Love Supreme
133

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About the author (2009)

Eric Nisenson is the author of several jazz books, including The Making of Kind of Blue. He lives in Malden, Massachusetts.

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