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Spiritual means different things to different people. I, for one, would not say I am a spiritual person in the conventional meaning of the word. Yet jazz fans regardless of faith recognize the spiritual nature of John Coltrane's voice on saxophone. Trane's spirituality had a major influence on modern jazz music that I tried to represent on this weeks Christmas day podcast. The show begins with some standard holiday fare from Greg Abate as he swings through The Christmas Song and Greensleeves. We follow with what I feel is the highlight of the podcast, Trane's Spiritual. Branford puts on his best Trane covering Resolution from A Love Supreme. Pharaoh rocks the house carrying on the tradition of Coltrane and then we settle down with tunes from early Chick Corea and finish up with a spiritual ballad, This Little Light of Mine, from Noah Baerman.

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Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Christmas Song ~ Greg Abate ~ It's Christmastime
Greensleeves ~ Greg Abate ~ It's Christmastime
Spiritual ~ John Coltrane ~ Afro Blue Impressions Afro Blue Impressions - John Coltrane
A Love Supreme: Resolution ~ Branford Marsalis Quartet ~ Footsteps of our Fathers Footsteps of Our Fathers - Branford Marsalis Quartet
You've Got To Have Freedom ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Pharaoh Sanders Finest Pharoah Sanders' Finest - Pharoah Sanders
Misty ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Crescent With Love
Litha ~ Chick Corea ~ Inner Space Inner Space - Chick Corea
This Little Light of Mine ~ Noah Baerman ~ Soul Force Soul Force - Noah Baerman

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