Dexterous in Life and Music: Pianist/Singer-songwriter Chi Coltrane

Published: October 27, 2017

Chi Coltrane, an unjustly forgotten American singer/songwriter, was signed by Clive Davis in the '70s and enjoyed a prolific career in Europe. Then she disappeared.

Coltrane has a dexterous piano style -- not for her, the fey, pretty arpeggios of Blue-era Joni Mitchell or the buoyant shuffle of Laura Nyro. Carole King, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Cat Stevens... these are some of the names that dominate discussions of the great, founding singer/songwriters who soundtracked the late '60s, early '70s and beyond. A bit further down the list, we might find Dory Previn, David Ackles, or Nick…
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