John Coltrane - My Favorite Things

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In 1960, John Coltrane and Miles Davis embarked on a European tour which would prove to be the final jaunt that the two musicians would take together, but if one important thing came out of the trip it was Davis’s decision to buy Coltrane a soprano saxophone while they were on their expedition across the pond. Coltrane took to the instrument like a duck to water and started playing it in his initial dates with his new band, the John Coltrane Quartet, featuring bassist Steve Davis, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist McCoy Tyner.

Looking back, it’s startling how prolific Coltrane could be: My Favorite Things was released only slightly more than a month after his previous album, Coltrane Jazz. Admittedly, it was an album which required no actual songwriting – all four of its tracks are covers – but the fact that Coltrane was even able to lay it down as quickly as he did is damned impressive.

These covers were well-chosen, ageless numbers which remain classics to this day: “My Favorite Things,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” “Summertime,” and “But Not For Me.” It was the title track in particular, though, that helped build a bridge between jazz and mainstream audiences, and it’s why, even after 60 years, it’s still one of the greatest gateway drugs to learning to love jazz.

US Import. Authentic heavyweight audiophile vinyl pressed by Rhino Records for Atlantic Records in 2010. Remastered from the original analog tapes. Lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman.

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