Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Narrated by
Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington Brings Life to John Coltrane's Words in New 'Chasing Trane' Promo. Wynton Marsalis and Bill Clinton also discuss Coltrane's immense legacy in the documentary.

Chasing the Train Promo Trailer, Courtesy of ColorLines.

Pioneering saxophonist and jazz composer John Coltrane gets the documentary treatment in a new film narrated by Denzel Washington that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival September 8.

Shadow and Act offered the following summary for "Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary:"

Revolutionary artist and innovator, John Coltrane expanded the frontiers of his craft by introducing elements from musical traditions the world over. "Chasing Trane" reveals the critical events, passions, experiences, and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds.

It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. Above all else, it is the incredible spiritual journey of a man who found himself and, in the process, created an extraordinary body of work that transcends all barriers of geography, race, religion and age.

The film utilizes a mix of archival footage, Washington's recitation of Coltrane's words, and interviews with the likes of fellow legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins, public intellectual Cornel West, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and even Bill Clinton.

"Chasing Trane," directed by John Scheinfeld ("The U.S. vs. John Lennon"), premiered on September 8.

Denzel Washington On Chasing the Trane

"This album is a humble offering to him, an attempt to say, 'Thank you, God,'" Washington says as he recites Coltrane's dedication for his iconic album "A Love Supreme." "Through our work, even as we do through our hearts and with our tongues, may He help and strengthen all men in every good endeavor."

The promo also features Coltrane's home movies and interviews with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Kamasi Washington, guitarist Carlos Santana (who called Coltrane "an archangel, of the highest order, to bring healing in this planet") and former president Bill Clinton, who said the following: "I just thought, 'Oh, my God.' You know, this guy, his mind and his heart, his soul, they're in a place that everybody ought to reach for.'"

Article By Sameer Rao, ColorLines, September 8, 2016.