Interviewer - You speak well and repeatedly in Just Kids of John Coltrane’s records from the ‘60s. Do they possess something that today’s records don’t?
Patti - Well, I feel like Coltrane, of course he was an innovator and invented a whole style and a way of improvisation that we all draw from now. But I think the most interesting thing about Coltrane, besides his tone and his sense of improvisation, was his deep spiritual center. You really felt his relationship with God in his playing.
Patti - You can listen to a virtuoso; you might think, “Wow, that person plays really great.” But Coltrane has a different dimension. He brought God into his playing. I always feel that when I hear him. There’s nobody like Coltrane.
Jazzwise has bravely and unwisely cobbled together a guide to the greatest jazz albums of the ‘60s. But such lists are made to be contested. I’d vote for Crescent over A Love Supreme, Change Of The Century over Free Jazz and Mingus, Mingus Mingus over Black Saint And Sinner Lady. But so what! What an amazing decade!