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Album-Release:
1961

HRA-Release:
11.07.2013

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  • 1My Favorite Things13:41
  • 2Everytime We Say Goodbye05:39
  • 3Summertime11:31
  • 4But Not For Me09:34
  • Total Runtime40:25

Info for My Favorite Things

"My Favorite Things is the seventh album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records. It was the first album to feature Coltrane playing soprano saxophone, and yielded a commercial breakthrough in the form of a hit single that gained popularity in 1961 on radio, an edited version of the title song, "My Favorite Things." In 1998, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award.

My Favorite Things is an album which marked a change in Coltrane’s style and delivery. The fact that it’s an album of his interpretations of a collection of brilliant jazz standards allowed listeners to really focus on his skill as arranger and performer, and I like to think that’s exactly what happened. After his stint playing with Miles Davis this game changing release in 1961 showed just how much Coltrane had taken on from his time under the tutelage of a true master.

Opening with the timeless titular track, "My Favourite Things" creates a dreamy soundtrack, and this relaxed interpretation of a standard is one of the many reasons this album is so treasured, why it’s held in such high esteem. Elvin Jones’ chilled shuffle rolls underneath the band like a tremulous prelude to an inconceivable storm, whilst Steve Davis’ insistent drone somehow creates a miasma of pressure. McCoy Tyner’s work flowing in and out of the foreground of the piece just completes the seductive mystery of this piece. Coltrane himself takes a different tact than that of his earlier work. The obvious switch to soprano saxophone itself is something, affording himself the opportunity to float more readily on top of the hypnotic groove, Coltrane not only lets loose on this track he well and truly brings his A game.

His take on "Summertime" is not to be taken lightly, Coltrane’s foray into the sketchy world of modal jazz is powerfully free. The former boasts perfectly executed switches between bop and shifting ethnic groove, whilst the latter brings more sensual layers with its subtle horn parts. These are pieces in which the rhythm section truly takes control. Coltrane picked his players with a proficiency which is frankly expert. "But Not For Me" takes it away from the experimental and gives some solid bebop whilst serving as a beautiful interlude. Whilst Coltrane playing the soprano is a treat, I’ll always love his dexterity with the tenor; it’s just truly his domain."

"I picked this album because to jazz players, it’s a milestone, a brilliant homage to the players who had gone before, but also an exciting glimpse of what was to come,. With the inclusion of some solidly brilliant arrangements of great tunes, it well and truly placed Coltrane amongst those true greats." (www.therealmusic.net)

"...my favorite piece of all those I've recorded. I don't think I'd like to do it over in any way." (John Coltrane, 1962)

"This set is a valuable part of the extraordinary musical and spiritual history of a creator who accomplished a stunning amount in so short a life." (Nat Hentoff)

John Coltrane, soprano saxophone
McCoy Tyner, piano
Steve Davis, double bass
Elvin Jones, drums

Engineered by Tom Dowd and Phil Iehle
Produced by Nesuhi Ertegün

Digitally remastered


John Coltrane
Born September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane was always surrounded by music. His father played several instruments sparking Coltrane’s study of E-flat horn and clarinet. While in high school, Coltrane’s musical influences shifted to the likes of Lester Young and Johnny Hodges prompting him to switch to alto saxophone. He continued his musical training in Philadelphia at Granoff Studios and the Ornstein School of Music. He was called to military service during WWII, where he performed in the U.S. Navy Band in Hawaii.

After the war, Coltrane began playing tenor saxophone with the Eddie 'CleanHead' Vinson Band, and was later quoted as saying, 'A wider area of listening opened up for me. There were many things that people like Hawk, and Ben and Tab Smith were doing in the ‘40’s that I didn’t understand, but that I felt emotionally.' Prior to joining the Dizzy Gillespie band, Coltrane performed with Jimmy Heath where his passion for experimentation began to take shape. However, it was his work with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1958 that would lead to his own musical evolution. ' Miles music gave me plenty of freedom,' he once said. During that period, he became known for using the three-on-one chord approach, and what has been called the ‘sheets of sound,’ a method of playing multiple notes at one time.

By 1960 Coltrane had formed his own quartet which included pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Eventually adding players like Eric Dolphy, and Pharoah Sanders. The John Coltrane Quartet created some of the most innovative and expressive music in Jazz history including the hit albums: 'My Favorite Things,' 'Africa Brass,' ' Impressions,' ' Giant Steps,' and his monumental work 'A Love Supreme' which attests to the power, glory, love, and greatness of God. Coltrane felt we must all make a conscious effort to effect positive change in the world, and that his music was an instrument to create positive thought patterns in the minds of people.

In 1967, liver disease took Coltrane’s life leaving many to wonder what might have been. Yet decades after his departure his music can be heard in motion pictures, on television and radio. Recent film projects that have made references to Coltrane’s artistry in dialogue or musical compositions include, 'Mr. Holland’s Opus', 'The General’s Daughter', 'Malcolm X', 'Mo Better Blues', 'Jerry McGuire', 'White Night', 'The Last Graduation', 'Come Unto Thee', 'Eyes On The Prize II' and 'Four Little Girls'. Also, popular television series such as 'NYPD Blue', 'The Cosby Show', 'Day’s Of Our Lives', 'Crime Stories' and 'ER', have also relied on the beautiful melodies of this distinguished saxophonist.

In 1972, 'A Love Supreme' was certified gold by the RIAA for exceeding 500,000 units in Japan. This jazz classic and the classic album 'My Favorite Things' were certified gold in the United States in 2001.

In 1982, the RIAA posthumously awarded John Coltrane a Grammy Award of ' Best Jazz Solo Performance' for the work on his album, 'Bye Bye Blackbird'. In 1997 he received the organizations highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

On June 18, 1993 Mrs. Alice Coltrane received an invitation to The White House from former President and Mrs. Clinton, in appreciation of John Coltrane’s historical appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

In 1995, John Coltrane was honored by the United States Postal Service with a commemorative postage stamp. Issued as part of the musicians and composers series, this collectors item remains in circulation.

In 1999, Universal Studios and its recording division MCA Records recognized John Coltrane’s influence on cinema by naming a street on the Universal Studios lot in his honor.

In 2001, The NEA and the RIAA released 360 songs of the Century . Among them was John Coltrane’s 'My Favorite Things.' (Source: www.johncoltrane.com)

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