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Ben Ratliff

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There’s scarcely a twentieth-century jazz icon whose career was more ambitious than John Coltrane’s: He started out playing in a Navy band called the Melody Masters and ended up, years later, pushing jazz to the brink of atonality. Times critic Ben Ratliff connects the dots in his new biography, Coltrane: The Story of a Sound, offering a first-rate accounting of the saxophonist’s aesthetic evolution. It’s a story that’s by turns dark and startling; hear Ratliff read from it live.