The World According to John Coltrane

John Coltrane was the most innovative and influential jazz saxophonist of the 1960's. This documentary shows that he was all that and more—-much more. "The World According to John Coltrane" is anything but a conventional documentary film. It traces Coltrane's musical growth from his roots in the black church and in rhythm and blues through his forty years of life and beyond, concluding with a musical meeting between Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and dervish musicians in Morocco's eastern Sahara desert.

Made with the cooperation of Alice Coltrane.

Filmed in Morocco

Alice Coltrane
Wayne Shorter
Jimmy Heath
La Monte Young
Rashied Ali
Tommy Flanagan
Roscoe Mitchell

Produced by Toby Byron and Richard Saylor
Directed by Robert Palmer and Toby Byron
Written by Robert Palmer
Narrated by Ed Wheeler

A coproduction of Toby Byron/Multiprises in association with Taurus Film, Munich, and VideoArts, Japan.



2003--Special Invitation "In-Edit," Madrid and Barcelona, Spain: "Bluesland," "The World According to John Coltrane"

1995--Special invitation to Beat Culture and the New America, 1950-1965 exhibition, Whitney Museum: "The World According to John Coltrane"

1993--Special invitation, Berlin International Film Festival, Germany: "The World According to John Coltrane"

1992--Music video special, MIDEM (France): "The World According to John Coltrane"

1991--Swing Journal’s Best Music Program of the Year (Japan): "The World According to John Coltrane"