My Favorite Thingsby John Coltrane
Although seemingly impossible to comprehend, this landmark jazz date made in 1960 was recorded in less than three days. All the more remarkable is that the same sessions which yielded My Favorite Things would also inform a majority of the albums Coltrane Plays the Blues, Coltrane's Sound, and Coltrane Legacy. It is easy to understand the appeal that these sides continue to hold. The unforced, practically casual soloing styles of the assembled quartet -- which includes Coltrane (soprano/tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums) -- allow for tastefully executed passages à la the Miles Davis Quintet, a trait Coltrane no doubt honed during his tenure in that band. Each track of this album is a joy to revisit. The ultimate listenability may reside in this quartet's capacity to not be overwhelmed by the soloist. Likewise, they are able to push the grooves along surreptitiously and unfettered. For instance, the support that the trio -- most notably Tyner -- gives to Coltrane on the title track winds the melody in and around itself. However, instead of becoming entangled and directionless, these musical sidebars simultaneously define the direction the song is taking. As a soloist, the definitive soprano sax runs during the Cole Porter standard "Everytime We Say Goodbye" and tenor solos on "But Not for Me" easily establish Coltrane as a pioneer of both instruments.
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Performance CreditsJohn Coltrane Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones Drums
Jimmy Garrison Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Steve Davis Bass
Technical CreditsGeorge Gershwin Composer
Tom Dowd Engineer
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Phil Iehle Engineer
Loring Eutemey Cover Design
Lee Friedlander Cover Photo
Bill Coss Liner Notes
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A true classic. Coltrane is amazing, inventive and exciting. Tyner's solo on the title cut is wonderful. A must have for Coltrane fans.
One of the most accessible jazz albums, of great reknown. Almost everyone knows the melodies.
The first track, MY FAVORITE THINGS, is the best track in the entire album. Coltrane may not be as good of a Jazz musician as Miles Davis, but he's still one of the greats.
I really think that this album is as innovative and important to cool jazz as "Time Out", with "My Favorite Things" being Coltrane's "Take Five". Coltrane is the king of cool.