John Coltrane was born in 1926. Coltrane blew the tenor saxophone to new thresholds of intensity and rescued the soprano saxophone from obscurity. He initially won notice as a romantic interpreter of ballads, moving rapidly forward into explorations of complex harmonics and unprecedented improvisation extensions. Still regarded by many as a musical messiah, Coltrane's most revered compositions include "A Love Supreme," "Giant Steps," "Moment's Notice," and "Equinox."
Reference: Postal Bulletin (August 17, 1995)
Scott Catalogue USA: 2991
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Museum ID: 1996.2066.244