During a Q and A session directly after CHASING TRANE, a superb documentary on the life and times of JOHN COLTRANE, one of the audience members asked the film maker where did some of the graphics used in the movie, and especially the poster for the movie, come from. The answer was direct and simple: “From a children’s book, SPIRIT SEEKER ,written by a wonderful author Gary Golio who utilized the amazing art work of a guy out of New Jersey named RUDY GUTIERREZ”.
The very next day I searched for the book and lo and behold found it available on line. BINGO, I ordered two. The package arrived today and I can honestly say this purchase of two is well worth the money spent. The story chronicles the life of Coltrane from his humble, religious upbringing, through the deaths of his father and grandfather, to the time where he first picked up and instrument, and ultimately the musical leaps that occurred throughout his short career. The reason for two books ordered…THE PERFECT GIFT.
Mr. Gutierrez’s artwork is as stated “amazing” and somewhat breathtaking. I’m looking forward to sitting down with my grandchildren, putting on COLTRANE’S GIANT STEPS, and reading to them THE MUSICAL JOURNEY of JOHN COLTRANE.