“Who's the new Messiah?”
Mr. Barker is asking rhetorically, within his response to a student's inquiring of his viewpoint as to whom will inherit the legacy of John Coltrane. (The saxophonist had been deceased ten years and firmly a Jazz icon.) This is the only instance in which Mr. Barker speaks of “Coltrane and Rollins” - in his role as instructor of Afro-American Music at Xavier University. Perhaps it is not too surprising that Danny didn't have a great deal to say regarding John, or Alice Coltrane; nevertheless... Danny Barker acknowledged that Trane's departure left a great void.
“Fantastically fast,” Leon Brown 'Chu' Berry was born September 13th, 1908. He was a show-stopping tenor titan of the Swing era by the time that Danny made some sessions with him in the late 1930's. At the same time and thereafter they rode “top flight” in Cab's band. 'Chu' Berry died at the age of 33 years following a car accident en route from one gig to another. Coltrane inherited Berry's legacy and needless to say, raised the bar. May I say: raised the consciousness.
In this lecture, Danny also mentions the very elemental and consciousness-raising band of the 1970's, Earth, Wind, & Fire. Mr. Barker apparently considered them to be a Rock band but, as we have heard previously, “It's all Jazz
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