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My Favorite Things (180g 2LP Gatefold) [VINYL]


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John Coltrane (1926-67) was the most relentlessly exploratory musician in jazz history. He was always searching, seeking to take his music further in what he quite consciously viewed as a spiritual quest. In terms of public recognition, this quest began relatively late. The tenor saxophonist, a native of North Carolina who later moved to Philadelphia, was 28 when he joined the Miles Davis ... Read more in Amazon's John Coltrane Store

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  • Vinyl (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B007BWUIN4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My Favorite Things
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
3. Summertime
4. But Not for Me
Disc: 2
1. Bags & Trane
2. Three Little Words
3. The Night We Called It a Day
4. Be-bop
5. The Late Late Blues

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The two LPs in this set, though produced very much in the same era and both packed with music of the highest quality, represent drastically different scales of importance in the recording career of saxophonist John Coltrane, one the most influential figures in the history of African-American music. 'My Favorite Things' is a key item in Coltrane's discography, whereas it is unlikely that the making of 'Bags & Trane' in early 1961 was instigated by Coltrane himself. However, judging by the aural evidence, it is equally unlikely that Coltrane would not have welcomed the chance to work with Milt 'Bags' Jackson, one of the more unusual figures in the bebop revolution which had been his primary inspiration.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 7 Jun 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you think you might like modern jazz, you're into the more improvisational side of rock music, but... you're not too sure where to start then invest in the studio recording of "My Favourite Things". Great melodies, with enough reference points to keep pulling you back on track, coupled with superb improvisations that push you into areas of more free form jazz without testing your tolerance.

Alongside Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue", Horace Silver's "Song For My Father" and Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" - "My Favourite Things" is a marvellous "jazz primer" and a timeless piece of controlled improvisation.

If you're not impressed then don't waste your money on trying to find other, more suitable, jazz tracks... they don't come any better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By martin jones on 30 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
My Favorite Things

As the other reviewers have said Coltrane is wonderful on this CD, but what impressed me even more was McCoy Tyner's solo on the title track. In nearly fifty years of listening to recorded jazz I can recall few solos which have made such an immediate and lasting impression. It is as if time simply stands still while he plays. This solo is right up there with the likes of Berigan on "I can't get started" or Bix in "Singin' the blues". Great stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan 2011
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"My Favorite Things" is an important milestone in John Coltrane's all-too-brief but indisputably stellar career. It marks the point where, after years of playing second fiddle to Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and others from whom he learned so much, he finally formed and led his own quartet and began to carve out that distinctive Trane sound. One of the tragedies for 20th century music is that only 7 years later, Trane died of cancer at age 40 whilst still in the full flush of his musical prime.

The album contains only four pieces, kicking off with the title track. If you know the cheesy but enormously successful 1965 Rogers and Hammerstein film "The Sound of Music" and hate it with a passion, don't be put off by the fact that Trane's young quartet lifts one of its best-known songs (in 1960 it was only a stage musical playing on Broadway) as the title-track. Richard Rodgers' original melody is the start-point: the band ups the tempo and re-works the piece with vision and creative brilliance into something extraordinary. Devoid of lyrics, Trane's sublime soprano sax substitutes for the vocal line and alternates with the superlative piano skills of McCoy Tyner to weave a driving, listener-involving improvisation on the basic melody for more than 10 minutes: the result bears little resemblance to the simplistic song from the original musical and reinforces the oft-quoted contention that in jazz, the basic source material can be almost anything and the musician interpreting and improvising on the piece is everything that matters. Listen to this a couple of times and Julie Andrews' Sister Maria will never sound the same again, I promise.

"Every Time We Say Goodbye" calms down the mood with a slower tempo which allows the band to stretch out more.
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