Coltrane created an impressive catalog in a short period of time. His discography includes 45 studio albums, 23 compilations albums, and 19 singles. Some his greatest work includes Giant Steps (1960), My Favorite Things (1961), Impressions (1963) and Live at Birdland (1964). However, his most acclaimed and well-received record was 1965’s, A Love Supreme.
Like many other talented jazz musicians in the period, Coltrane found it difficult to come up, get recognized and be financially successful. Many took to alcohol and drugs.
“John Coltrane was a major innovator of avant-garde jazz in the 1960s and yet he passed away at 41 years of age in 1967 from hepatitis B and hepatocellular carcinoma,” says Dr. Paul Adams for the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. “For some jazz musicians, the images of a smoke-filled bar became part of their classic sound (eg, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Dexter Gordon) but liver disease eventually caught up with all of them.”
St. John Coltrane
“In the mid-60s, during his experiments with LSD, Coltrane played a show at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco, where in the audience were the eventual founders of the Church of Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane: Franzo King and his girlfriend Marina,” says writer Jules Suzdaltsev for Vice.com. The church which has roots to the African Orthodox Church uses the jazz great’s music in many of their services and prayer ceremonies. Amazingly, Coltrane was at first considered a god before being reduced to saint status. The founders of the church still operates in the Bay Area today, and Coltrane has been placed on the official list of saints.