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My Favorite Things

John ColtraneAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I53
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Favorite Things
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
3. Summertime
4. But Not For Me

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Another Coltrane landmark, in which he lends his inimitable style to pop standards.

This 1960 recording was a landmark album in John Coltrane's career, the first to introduce his quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones and the first release on which he played soprano saxophone. It also provided him with a signature hit, as his new group conception came together wonderfully on the title track. It's an extended modal reworking in 6/4 time that brought the hypnotic pulsating quality of Indian music into jazz for the first time, with Coltrane's soprano wailing over the oscillating piano chords and pulsing drums. The unusual up-tempo version of Gershwin's "Summertime" is a heated example of Coltrane's "sheets of sound" approach to conventional changes, while "But Not for Me" receives a radical harmonic makeover. This is an excellent introduction to Coltrane's work. --Stuart Broomer

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106 of 106 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Many would be quick to tell you that "A Love Supreme" is the unquestionable Coltrane masterpiece, but "My Favorite Things" deserves consideration. Recorded when Coltrane was moving away from hard-bop and closer to his own free-form compositions, this album is a literal representation of Coltrane in the middle of his career, and the playing shows an all-around gorgeous band exploring the beauty of these standards. The most impressive contribution is the bright work of pianist McCoy Tyner. Some view jazz albums not as a collection of songs but as one whole suite; this is an example of an albums that flows in such a way. The band carefully waves in and out of the melodies without ever drifting away from them. Coltrane does some of his most gentle sorprano sax playing here that is wonderfully offset by the energetic trio behind him.
Those of you interested in Coltrane who don't know where to begin and are hesistant about Coltrane's free-form albums that began with "A Love Supreme" should start with this album. A beautiful gift to all of us.
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I BEGIN to understand... June 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I started liking jazz at 17 (Can it really be 40 years ago?) I avoided Coltrane, because he was into some "free-form" dissonance that was too radical for my ear. I did Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" instead (great) and some Brubeck, some Shearing, Maynard Ferguson, Tito Puente, Modern Jazz Quartet and a little Miles Davis. I never did get around to Coltrane until this week. This album came out when I was in 10th grade, just prior to Mr. Coltrane getting so experimental. I wish I had been wise enough to buy it then, but I am so glad to have it now. Listening to this with earphones is a religious experience. The nearly 14 minutes of "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" is worth the price of the CD all by itself. That one piece is kind of a text as to the functioning of a jazz quartet, the dissection and expansion of a popular song, the sensuous joy of soprano saxophone. The next song, Cole Porter's "Everytime We Say Goodbye" is less than half as long, but there is room within it for pianist McCoy Tyner to have a lovely solo into my left ear, followed by a great solo bass part by Steve Davis into the right ear, with drummer Elvin Jones doing steady, supportive quiet work throughout, and then Coltrane's sax coming back on the right to restate the main theme. Remarkable sounds. The second half of the record has Coltrane switching to tenor sax for a lengthy uptempo version of "Summertime" that gets better with each minute, but which is quite a departure from the normal way we have always heard the standard from "Porgy and Bess." The last piece, "But Not For Me" is one of my all-time Gershwin favorites. Without the wonderful lyrics, it doesn't have all of its power, but Coltrane, Tyner, Davis and Jones do some amazing things within its framework. All in all, this is what I would consider an American jazz essential recording to own.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Elegant for This World. October 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If it weren't for my late father, a passionate lover of jazz, chances are I would never have bothered with John Coltrane--and quite possibly the whole genre altogether. If "A Love Supreme" and "Blue Train" are two of this saxaphonist's best albums, then "My Favorite Things" has to rank a close third. Never before have I heard such a lovely reinterpretation of the classic title song as performed by Coltrane. His warm and inviting sax glides with ease through this 13 minute piece, which is also highlighted by the excellent piano work of McCoy Tyner. The lively "Summertime" is just flat-out perfect and shows Coltrane at his most expressive and skillful, and the bass and drums, from Steve Davis and Elvin Jones respectively, blend nicely into the mix. "My Favorite Things" is a classy and elegant CD that's required listening for anyone who is into jazz and also interested in this incredibly talented saxaphonist.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original vs. Bootleg Clarification January 3, 2009
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The same reviews and comments appear on Amazon's listings for different versions of Coltrane's My Favorite Things, so there's some confusion with respect to the real album and a bootleg recording with the same name but of a different recording session. Click the links in here to see what's what.

The "original" version of this album has on its cover a blue background and a waist-length picture of Coltrane holding a soprano sax. My Favorite Things, original version link. It contains four songs:
1. My Favorite Things
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
3. Summertime
4. But Not For Me
This is the version to which my five star rating applies.

And there is a "deluxe" edition of the original album, with a gray cover and a small insert picture of the original album art. My Favorite Things [Deluxe Edition]. Plus there are import versions of the original album, with the original cover art surrounded by a purple square border. My Favorite Things, import version link. All of those contain a total of six songs, including the original four, plus extras My Favorite Things, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2.

The "bootleg" version people are referring to is presumably the one that has a swirly gray background on its cover art and a close up picture of Coltrane, with the words "Fourstar Masters of Jazz". My Favorite Things, bootleg MP3 link. That album contains six songs:
1. My Favorite Things
2. Blue Train
3. Impressions
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly 'Trane's finest hour. His playing is furious and melodic one...
Possibly 'Trane's finest hour. His playing is furious and melodic one minute and calm and resolute the next. Hard to beat this one for pure jazz bravado.
Published 17 hours ago by Misha
5.0 out of 5 stars John Coltrane -- My Favorite Things
If you enjoy sax, you'll love Coltrane's My Favorite Things
Published 2 days ago by Derek T. Hatcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 24 days ago by Alexey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite new double lp. High quality and reputable seller.
Published 1 month ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
on time delivery. The Trane rules.
Published 1 month ago by Rick Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic that keeps on giving
There are only 4 songs and each one is an experience in which the listener finds new frames of reference to understand the emotions elicited by Coltrane's interpretation of these... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary Jane Freeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane At His Best!
When I rate tenor players, I Am totally a DEXTER and LESTER man, then maybe Ben Webster and Booker Ervin, so for me to RAVE!!!! about this album should say something. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leila C. Shapiro
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Trane Ride
Many enthusiasts will rate this one about where I did: a decent, listenable album. I picked this up some years ago from reading about it (in some corners, it really gets hailed as... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Red Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
This is a wonderful CD and a nice gift for anyone interested in exploring John Coltrane's music or jazz in general.
Published 10 months ago by avid_reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasteful Excellence for Anyone and Everyone
My Favorite Things gets my highest recommendation. It is a timeless classic. You could pull this cd out 1,000 years or more later, and this cd would still be cherished by... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Craig Hamilton
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