This album is a humble offering to Him, wrote John Coltrane in the linter notes to his masterwork A Love Supreme. “An attempt to say ‘Thank You God’ through our work.” After groundbreaking work with Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, Coltrane had taken flight as a solo artist. But after his monumental 1959 Giant Steps, he had taken his powerhouse “sheets of sound” approach to the tenor saxophone as far as he could go.
You might wonder how a critically acclaimed but relatively unknown singer-songwriter recruited Adele, Pearl Jam and Dolly Parton to cover her songs for a benefit album. But the biggest get on Brandi Carlile’s “Cover Stories,” made up of new renditions of the material on her 2007 album, “The Story,” comes from outside the music world: Barack Obama.
In the decade from 1955 to 1965, Chuck Berry created a body of work filled with dozens of perfectly crafted masterpieces. Here are just some of them. Share story John Lennon said, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'" Bob Dylan once called the musician, who died Saturday at 90, "the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll."