My Favorite Things
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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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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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
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
6. Traneing In
That album is currently available only as MP3 download. (It says it is also available in CD format, but if you click that link within the MP3 listing, you get the original CD, not one that corresponds to this bootleg recording.) The sound quality of the bootleg is noticeably inferior to the original album recording. And, of course, the bootleg isn't even the same music.
There is also a "legitimate" live album called My Favorite Things: Coltrane at Newport, which has a cover with a black background and contains six tracks:
1. I Want To Talk About You
2. My Favorite Things
4. Spoken Introduction
5. One Down, One Up
6. My Favorite Things
Most of these versions are available as both CDs and MP3 downloads, so it's not particularly useful to attempt to distinguish them by CD vs. MP3.
This is not an album I would recommend to newer fans of Coltrane's. First A Love Supreme, then Giant Steps, then Blue Train, then, maybe My Favorite Things. For the simple fact that this can be overwhelming at times.
'My Favorite Things' the title track which opens the album is one of Coltrane most inspired recordings ever. The reworking of the show tune is done wonderfully. His Soprano Sax solos are to die for, and in fact it is Coltrane's reading of this track that inspired Robbie Kreiger of The Doors to write their biggest hit, 'Light My Fire.' Needless to say this became a standard. 'Everytime We Say Goodbye' is equally breathtaking, though less known. 'Summertime' is a classic and one that people either love or hate. For me personally, Janice Joplen, and Miles Davis did it best, Coltrane did a good job with it but it really, really, really, can over stay it's welcome with its length. 'But Not For Me' is a standard played better than ever by Trane, and is the perfect way to close the album.
As I have become quite the Coltrane fan I have realised you can some his work into two categories, craftsmanship/composing and his raw talent. This falls under the latter. His raw talent helps transform this rather dull tunes into something stellar! So five stars...? Without a doubt.
I actually purchased this disc a long time ago, back when I was at college and in my John Coltrane phase. That would be roughly the year 2001. That disc, the original, got scratched. However, I had burned a copy of it for the car, and that disc, the one I am reviewing, has no scratches. The original got tossed in the trash. That brings me to an important issue. The issue of duplicating cds, which I believe is completely okay to do in the same way people duplicated cassette tapes back in the day. Having a back up is an important thing! I currently have at least one cd in my 100 disc changer that can't be duplicated for whatever reason, such that if I try to burn a copy, computer won't comply. If that had been the case with My Favorite Things by John Coltrane, I wouldn't have been able to have even a copy to write a review, all these years later, because the original would have been scratched. That's just food for thought, and really almost aside from the review of this cd.
This disc is definitely one of my favorites by Coltrane tied with discs such as, Giant Steps, that are among my favorite discs. This disc is among my favorite things. I love music, and My Favorite Things is a sonic jazz treasure. However, it didn't spend that much time in my 100 disc changer this time, not because I don't like it anymore, but because I have much of it memorized. I don't like to listen to the same thing over and over, and I tend to favor music that does not have a lot of repetition, as I could definitely say I am not sick of this disc. It is just to say that it is time to move one.
Much if not all of this music is in the Real Book. Honestly, I can't quite remember if everything from this disc made it in. I often overlook the local jazz musicians, who have not composed their own music, and continually play the same stuff from the "Real Books," as opposed to Fake Books, where it is thought that what makes a Fake Book, "fake," is that somehow the original has been perverted just a little bit, such that copyright infringement has not occurred.
When it comes to jazz, there is no danger in writing a Real Book, because of the nature of jazz. Jazz is not supposed to be played the same way, and also to argue before a tone deaf jury of tone deaf walkers that the Real Book was indeed copyright infringement would probably be impossible, as there is just simply not enough information about the songs in the Real Books, because it is jazz, that one could arrive at the original
completely through just copying the music.
Jazz is a music that by nature must have improvisation. The Real Book provides what is called the "head," of the song, which is sort of like the theme of the song, almost like a chorus, though perhaps it is only played only once, twice, or thrice during a song.
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The title track is one I've listened to probably a thousand times and will listen a thousand more.