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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary is a movie starring Denzel Washington, Reggie Workman, and Ravi Coltrane. An exploration of the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane where the passions, experiences and...

Other Titles
Chasing Trane, コルトレーンを追いかけて, En busca de John Coltrane
Running Time
1 hours 39 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Music, Documentary, Biography
John Scheinfeld
John Scheinfeld
Denzel Washington, Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Ashley Kahn
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

CHASING TRANE is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson...?) the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, CHASING TRANE brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.

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The documentary about the life and career of John Coltrane is a great addition to any music collection. This film was made by The Preservation Society of America and the documentaries was shot in the early 90's. Coltrane is a complicated figure but the documentary is very well done. For the first half the film is very engaging and entertaining. I was not bored once. The second half however was just about as boring as you can get. As a man who's made some of the most important records in the history of music, I will tell you that the film was a great disappointment. This is not the type of film that should have been made but it should have been made. At this time you should have seen it and you should have been able to enjoy it. This film should have been made a while ago. Now that we are nearing the 40th anniversary of this film, the film is needed.

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Jason Jenkins

A very interesting documentary that addresses the changing face of the jazz world. I thought the film was well-organized and kept me on my toes for the majority of the film. The film also had a great soundtrack that was a perfect complement to the film. It also has a great educational value, especially if you have the chance to see it at the special screenings.

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Pamela B.

One of the greatest musicians of all time, John Coltrane, is a hero of ours. After having met John in the early nineties and witnessing the impact he had on the world, I felt that I should know his life story. However, before I saw the documentary, I was not so familiar with Coltrane's music and his life. I was looking for a detailed and detailed biography of Coltrane and I have to say I was very impressed. The movie follows his life and the music that he played. It is a very intimate look at a man who inspired so many people, and became such an icon for them. The movie also follows the great influence of Coltrane and his music. The music that he played was very important to him and was a part of his life. The movie shows how Coltrane influenced many artists such as Neil Young, Billy Preston, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Guy, and others. The documentary is very informative and very entertaining. The actors who played Coltrane's music also played a big part in the documentary. It is not a documentary about the music, but more about Coltrane and his life. The music was important to him and helped him in his life, so the film shows that very well. The film also shows that Coltrane was extremely close to his mother, who passed away during the filming. It was a very emotional moment for the two of them and it showed that he cared very much for his mother. Also, the film showed that he was very passionate about his music, and that it had a strong influence on his life. The music in the film was very well done. It was very inspiring, and the music was very unique. There were many people that played Coltrane's music in the film, such as the band Dream, Pharoah Sanders, Erykah Badu, and David Byrne. The movie also showed that Coltrane had a lot of influence on many artists. It showed that he was influential on everyone that he met. Coltrane is an important part of our lives, and we should pay attention to his music and life. The documentary is great and extremely informative, and it is very entertaining.

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This documentary is one of the best I've seen in a long time. It is packed with facts and figures, and the subjects themselves talk about it in great detail. I found it very interesting and very insightful. You get a sense of how Coltrane was dealing with the illness that was diagnosed with him, but also how his music, his life, and the music he played had such a profound effect on people. I think it is a very important documentary that needs to be seen.

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Jennifer D.

To me, the best documentary is one that draws you in and lets you know what the film is about. Coltrane's life and career was a string of great moments and little moments, but I think that the best documentary is one that gives you a sense of the complex and dark man who loved and suffered so much. It's like watching a biography that focuses on the same people over and over again. The movie does a good job of this, showing what Coltrane was like as a person, what he was like as a musician, and how he was loved and despised. It also shows what his life was like as a musician and a musician's friend. If you like documentaries about music, this is a must see. I feel that there was too much focus on a few of his songs in the film and this ruined it. I would recommend this film to anyone who has heard the music, loved the music, or who just wants to know more about Coltrane. It's a wonderful, poignant, and thought provoking film. It shows a man who suffered through drugs, alcohol, and every other major disease of addiction. It shows a man who lived and loved and was taken from the world and his music.

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A very insightful look into the life of John Coltrane, and what made him tick. If you want to know more about Coltrane, then check out his memoir, "Songs in the Key of Life". Also, if you want to know more about Coltrane's life, then see "Coltrane: The Life".

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Joyce Fernandez

There are some well-known musicians, who I've always been fascinated with, such as Bob Dylan, Art Garfunkel, Sammy Davis Jr., etc. There are others who I'm not so familiar with. There are many others that I'd like to get to know, such as Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, etc. There are also some artists who I have no idea who they are, but who I want to meet. There are also many artists who I have never heard of, but who I want to meet. I've been obsessed with those people for a long time, but after having been fascinated by some of their music, I finally felt like it was time to meet them. So I spent a year tracking down these people. This documentary was a great learning experience for me, as I found out more about these artists, and about them personally. I had no idea that they had such a big impact on the world, or that they were so creative, or that they were so influential. The documentary was wonderful, and I recommend it to everyone. Some people may be annoyed by the fact that the documentary is not in English, and the English voice-over by the director is a bit hard to understand. But, in my opinion, the documentary is worth it. It's educational, and it's very entertaining. It also gives a lot of information about the music of these artists, as well as their influence on the world. So, if you want to learn more about the music of these artists, this documentary is a great way to start. If you're not familiar with these artists, I would definitely recommend the documentary to you.

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Catherine F.

I am in no way ashamed to admit that I was one of the few people that he ever met. I was fortunate enough to get to see "Tristane" in San Francisco in 1973 when it was originally released. I was still in my twenties when I saw it. It was the first time I had ever heard of him. I was shocked and awestruck. It was then that I learned that he was a musician and a composer and that he had been awarded an Oscar for his soundtrack. He was just wonderful. As an audience member you can't help but be amazed by what he did. I loved the film, and was quite pleased that I had the opportunity to see it. But, I have to ask, was this documentary worthy of the award? As a fan of Coltrane, I felt that the story should have been told. And, in this day and age, I think that there are many people who might not even know that he was a musician or a composer. But, we must get the facts out there. If there is anything that should be done about this subject, it should be to get the facts out there. As for me, I would love to see more documentaries about his life and accomplishments.

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I will say this first, that this is a movie for the general audience, not for music fans. That being said, I am a longtime music fan and not a teenager, so I can safely say that this movie was a great refresher for me. I learned a lot about John Coltrane, from his first contact with Dave Brubeck, to his early days in New Orleans, to his early encounters with Joe Cocker, to his life in Cuba, to his time in Hollywood and L.A., and even his last days in a mental institution. The music was incredible. I saw it at the Woodstock Film Festival and was blown away. Some music fans complained that it was too dark. I thought that was a great decision. I liked the film for what it was. I do not know if this was a critical or commercial success, but I am sure it will get an Oscar nomination. I think it is a good movie for anyone who is interested in Coltrane and his music. Also, it is great for people who are interested in the history of music.

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Joyce Stewart

This documentary about the life and music of the late jazz great John Coltrane is just fantastic. It goes through the birth of his band, his interactions with his father and his early musical influences, as well as his growing fame and how he made a name for himself as a solo artist. This documentary is incredibly insightful as it goes through the different personalities of John and his relationship with his father, his music, his relationships, and his work. I really enjoyed this documentary and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys music and/or who is interested in the life of Coltrane. This is a must see for any Coltrane fan, regardless of whether they were born after the mid-1950s or the 1970s.

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In this film, filmmaker Joel 'Doc' H. (Gregory Hines) follows the life of John Coltrane. This is a biography which looks at the man's work, music, and personal life. The film has interviews with Coltrane, his wife, and his close friends. The filmmaker does a good job of allowing us to see the significance of Coltrane's life and the extent to which his work influenced his life. The documentary does a great job of presenting Coltrane's music and life. It is a good documentary and I would highly recommend it.

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Ryan Cruz

I've never heard of Coltrane, but I love him as an artist and composer. I loved this documentary and really enjoyed the production. The archival footage is all terrific, and some of the interviews are quite interesting, too. I liked seeing some of the best images from Coltrane's entire career, and some of the interviews with other artists are also worth checking out. Coltrane was a fascinating guy, and his work is still engaging to this day. I'd highly recommend this doc, and it was very entertaining. It's a must-see.

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Tammy Ortiz

There are so many things I can't say about this film. I just want to say that I really enjoyed it. If you have an interest in jazz, you should watch it. It's a brilliant documentary. You will see the influence that jazz had on the music that comes out of the bands in the film. It's a really interesting film, and definitely worth seeing.

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Aaron W.

A documentary made for an animated series in which John Coltrane's songs are played live. As I sat through this documentary I was lost. It's difficult to tell what was really going on. It's the first time that I've been totally lost in a documentary. Coltrane had a powerful way of bringing people together through music. His songs were moving and very powerful. It was a great way of bringing people together. The documentary was very well done. The voice over artist was good and I was very impressed with the animation. The animation was brilliant. It gave the movie a very special feel. It was nice to see how the songs were put together. The animation was very beautiful. I'm glad that they decided to do a documentary of John Coltrane. It's a great way to get the idea of his music and the power that it had. It was nice to see how he was able to bring people together through music. It was a nice way to start off his career. The story behind his music is good. The documentary had a very interesting look into his life. It really made you want to learn more about his music. I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone who enjoys John Coltrane music. 9/10

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Carolyn G.

This is a good and informative film that explores John Coltrane's life and the impact his music has had on everyone. It's an interesting look at the music of this great musician who was a leader of the modern blues movement. It is a really well made documentary and takes a good look at the music of this great musician. He is a fascinating person to learn about and I think this film is a good overview. I really liked this documentary and it definitely gives a good look into the life of John Coltrane.

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Terry R.

I just finished watching the documentary on the late great John Coltrane, and I just got to say that it was an amazing, epic documentary. In it, Coltrane is interviewed by many musicians, from Richard Hell to Ringo Starr, among others, who talk about what it was like to have been a friend to him, and how he influenced their lives. And it's all very touching, and it really makes you want to know what it must have been like to have had Coltrane in your life, or to have been a musician. A lot of the songs are brilliant, and the documentary takes a lot of time to go into detail about some of the songs. Some of them are quite old, and there's a lot of times where they're played, that they're really great, and it's almost like they're playing live. And the interviews are very good, and you really get a good idea of what it must have been like to have met Coltrane. There are some great songs, and a lot of great stories. I have to say, the documentaries on John Coltrane is the best of the year, and I think this is the best one. It is really great, and I think it's a great film, it's really good.

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Andrea Fernandez

This is the most entertaining and fascinating documentary I have ever seen. It shows you the story behind one of the most important and influential musicians of the 20th century. The viewer gets a sense of his inner struggle and realizes that this man who is loved and admired by millions is suffering from a terrible disease. I am not surprised that he was such a great singer. This is a must see documentary for anyone who likes to learn more about the man, the artist and the music.

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I had to watch this documentary about John Coltrane after I saw his music and heard his words. And I'm glad that I watched it, because it really makes you want to learn more about him. The way that the interviews with Coltrane are done, that you can hear them speaking the songs as if you are in the band, make you feel that you are there with him. If you are not a fan of his music, it will make you curious and you will want to hear more of his music. Also, Coltrane was an amazing musician. The music is incredible. The way that he writes it and how he does it makes the music very real. I also liked the way that the music is portrayed. The first part of the documentary is about the history of his life, and how he was a very troubled young man. But then we get to the music. It is really amazing. I was really impressed with the way that Coltrane was able to take some of his favorite songs and put them in a very interesting way. You can really see that they are just a few moments from his life, and there is a message behind it. The movie was great and very entertaining, but it is not perfect. You can see that the music is a little bit too long, because the interviews can get a bit boring. But it is still a very interesting documentary about one of the most influential musicians in American history.

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There is a lot of talk about this doc, but I think there is a lot of people that will be so ignorant that they will not know what is being discussed. I think this doc has the potential to be very, very powerful. The film is based on a book that was written in 1997. It is titled "John Coltrane and the Last Time He Cried." The film talks about how Coltrane had an unusual relationship with the media. He could have been a very boring person. His life was filled with a lot of highs and lows, and he was always making music. His first recordings were of experimental jazz and it was too early to be making these kinds of music. He was doing this by writing the words, not performing them. He used a lot of these experimental jazz sounds, but didn't have the music. He was making records, but he was very bad at recording them. It is very interesting to see that he used the same techniques that he used to make records as well. It is quite fascinating to see how his fame and success was used to push his way out of the studios. He was not happy with that. The film covers a lot of topics. It is kind of difficult to pick the best one. It is kind of a love story and it is kind of a tragedy story. It is a combination of all of these. It is not a great film. There are some parts that are kind of boring, but I think it is pretty well done. I would say that this is a great documentary.

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The filmmaker interviews musicians, actors and other artists who have performed on Coltrane's album of the same name. What follows are performances of a variety of styles and sounds that are supposed to be some of Coltrane's finest. But the documentary also delves into some of the emotional side of his life, the turmoil he faced with his wife and their two young children and how that played into his music. The interviews are fairly enjoyable, but some are less than enlightening. There are some weird footage that seems to have been left in after the artist's death. Still, the movie does have some value, as the music is mostly magnificent. Most of the music is arranged by jazz composer Fats Navarro, but there are a few of his own compositions. There's also some footage of artists who performed with Coltrane on his album. It's nice to hear some of the most prominent musicians and their stories. In the end, the movie is a little too long and too technical, but the music is so great, it's worth it.

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Donna Ortiz

Truly the best thing I have seen since I caught the 2014 Sundance Channel special. The footage is uncut, without the need for commentary or editing. All the interviews are first-rate, particularly with Coltrane's longtime manager, Ron Blackwell. The more well-known players are included. The last segment is about Black's personal life, the legacy of his father, and his own musical career. It is a special joy to see John Coltrane perform. His performance is remarkable, as is the overall recording. For those who are interested in this life and have not been exposed to his music, I highly recommend this film.

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Kathryn G.

Loved it! Not really a documentary per se but the footage of people who knew Coltrane very well was amazing. This is a must see for anyone who knows Coltrane. Definitely the most comprehensive of all the documentaries on Coltrane. Good story telling and interesting from start to finish. A wonderful tribute to one of our greatest musicians. If you are not familiar with Coltrane you will be captivated. It was a pleasure to see the video of this documentary, and the film itself was amazing. Very few people had access to this type of footage and it was a wonderful film.

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Doris G.

While I do not agree with all of the opinions expressed, I do understand that many of the critics are not quite so well versed in music and have not been raised with all the music that is available to them, and their opinions might not be the same as mine. I think this film really brings the story of Coltrane's life into perspective. The director makes sure that the viewer is in on the party when they enter the home of Coltrane's family and listen to his own voice through the television in the background. It is truly a nice experience to listen to Coltrane's music without seeing the great music and to hear it without hearing it. This is what Coltrane's music meant to him and this is what this film captures.