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  • Vinyl (12 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B007BWUIN4
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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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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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"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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I remember my dad getting this album in the late 1960s. I heard the opening of the title track and thought it was such an uncool song to cover, the movie version of Sound of Music had only been out for handful of years and I had no real knowledge or understanding of the chronology of stage musical, Coltrane's recording and the movie. The result was that at the beginning I just heard a fairly straight cover of a "Julie Andrews son". Then Coltrane starts of improvise on the theme and the reason for covering the song becomes clear. Listening to this album taught me so much about jazz and how standards are just a vehicle for the artist to improvise around.

The other tracks on here are equally fertile ground in the Coltrane Quartet's hands, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Summertime and But Not For Me are also handled brilliantly. The band are just on fire here (not literally as football commentators would have it) and I soon came to appreciate that this was one cool jazz album.

I moved on to other forms of music where the jazz that I listened to was either European jazz of the ECM school or electric fusion such as Weather Report, Return to Forever and the like. In my ignorance I had not quite realised the connections to Miles Davis and tangentially to Coltrane. Later in life I did have few jazz albums but in 1996, when I was starting to build my CD collection I read about the death of Gerry Mulligan, and his role in The Birth of the Cool, I started to collect jazz albums more seriously. I approached Miles Davis and Coltrane cautiously at first and put off getting this album for a while, getting into various Impulse albums like Crescent, Africa/Brass, Sun Ship and the like before I bought My Favourite Things, it was like returning to a place I had longed for for years.
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This classic album by the great saxophonist John Coltrane(1926-67) was recorded at the prolific sessions in New York City during October, 1960 which also produced the ATLANTIC albums 'Coltrane Plays The Blues' and 'Coltrane's Sound'.
With Coltrane(tenor & soprano sax) were pianist McCoy Tyner; bassist Steve Davis & drummer Elvin Jones who'd recently joined Coltrane's band.
Coltrane's playing is powerful and intensely moving supported by a superb rhythm section on four standards. Highlight, inevitably, is Trane's hypnotic 13-minute soprano work-out on 'My Favorite Things' which he returned to repeatedly for the rest of his career.
There's also a fine version of Gershwin's 'Summertime' with Trane on tenor.
'My Favorite Things' still sounds fresh and exhilarating over 50 years later and is an essential item in any Coltrane collection.
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