Chasing Trane

Chasing Trane

The John Coltrane Documentary

Director: John Scheinfeld
Running Time: 99 minutes


This film had its final screening at The Nightlight on May 25, 2017.

The global power and impact of jazz musician John Coltrane is explored in Chasing Trane, revealing the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds. Commentaries come from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton, and others.

…documentarian John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) digs in deep to get the stories behind the stories, unearthing rare footage of the Love Supreme innovator in action and getting everyone from Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins to Cornel West to weigh in on the man behind the horn.

~~ David Fear, Rolling Stone

What Scheinfeld does especially right in his film is to play Coltrane’s music through virtually every frame. Scheinfeld relies on Denzel Washington to voice him, mostly by reading short, austere snippets of a written memoir. This might be some of Washington’s best work.

~~ Michael Cieply, Deadline.com