Thursday, October 21, 2010

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things

Perhaps the closest analogue this record has in modern-day pop is Radiohead's OK Computer. Like that album, John Coltrane's My Favorite Things was both a commercial success and artistic leap forward.

Recorded in just a few days in 1960 (though not released until the following year), My Favorite Things was Trane's breakthrough as a leader. He simultaneously established the core of his great '60s quartet (with pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones), defined a signature sound (lengthy, articulate solos and his trademark soprano sax work) and also notched a radio hit with an edited version of the title track.

Gallons of ink have been spilled extolling the importance of this record in the evolution of Coltrane's career and the development of modal jazz. It's melodic, accessible nature makes it one of the most popular post-bop records and many people's introduction to both Coltrane and modern jazz.

1. My Favorite Things
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
3. Summertime
4. But Not For Me
5. My Favorite Things, Part 1 (single A-side)
6. My Favorite Things, Part 2 (single b-side)

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things