John Coltrane
My Favorite Things


4.5
superb

Review

by burton.and.gas USER (18 Reviews)
June 10th, 2006 | 49 replies


Release Date: 1961 | Tracklist


John Coltrane Soprano and Tenor Sax
McCoy Taylor Piano
Steve Davis Bass
Elvin Jones Drums

John plays Soprano on the first two tracks of this CD and tenor on the other two.


This CD was present I bought my jazz loving mother for Christmas, as you can see from my profile timeline, jazz is the music I have liked for the longest and as such I was quite excited to post my first Jazz review.

1. My Favorite Things

As you may probably be able to guess this track is the same in tune the famous song of the same name. Opening with echoing piano that builds up an epic feeling, it then leads into the chilled fee of the song. Then the sax comes in, playing the well known tune of this song but then it leads into its own musical experimentations. Roughly 3 minutes into his 13 minute rendition the sax and piano pick up the speed to increase the genera tempo feeling of this track. The Piano is hen allowed the limelight as it plays a section which changes in key tempo repeatedly, making this rather chilled piece seem reasonably exciting. The piano then moves out into an almost thoughtful piece of its own and moves away from the original rhythm and tune. This at first makes you want to sit back and enjoy but then makes you feel mildly crazy as it moves into. The piano is allowed to continue to take centre stage as it finally comes back to the original tune of the song. After the majestic piano comes and goes, the sax brings itself into hearing. John is clearly anxious not to be overshadowed as he brings in some amazing saxophone work, despite the slow beat of this piece the sax hear is upbeat and danceable. Perhaps this is due to the mildly polyrhythmic feel of this section of the piece. After the majestic feel of the sax it follows the same pattern as the piano of returning to the original tune. Then the sax an piano move to an urgent feel with the sax still taking centre stage. The beat is kept by the drums as the relaxed, chilled beat, but the piece is neither relaxed nor is it chilled. The multi-key feel of the piano mixed with the saxophone virtuosity make this track truly memorable. One last time it returns to the original tune and then it ends.

2. Every Time We Say Goodbye

Distinctly slower in it beat compared to the previous track. It has a much more melancholy tone. The Saxophone plays a sorrowful piece as it cuts into you soul. This piece reminds you that being miserable isn�t for emos, and that it was truly perfected by jazz legends or blues singers. The pianos time to shine once again appear in this song. As the bass and drums play the low beat the piano messes with our head by being erratic and clever. It May be played quickly and cleverly but the mood of the song is still set in stone. The piano occasionally returns to the original beat, only to veer off in many amazing directions. When the sax returns, the piano creates layers under it so it can back up the feel of the saxophone. They work together to make an incredibly sorrowful piece. However, the last word is left to the piano as it slowly and sorrowfully plays the piece away.

3. Summertime

Starting on an exciting note perhaps to reflect upon it namesake, this piece is one where all instrument work together. The piano and saxophone move away from one another but both reflect the jumpy mood of this song. The bass and drums are also used to excite the listener. The saxophone essentially solos away, portraying the truly amazing musicianship of John Coltrane. The urgency of the Saxophone make this track my favourite one of the CD. The drums indulge in some drum rolls to reflect the multiple moods of the piece. There are many moods, they are all happy. The piano again has itself a portion f the song where it is allowed to live up to the saxophone. Switching between the noodling very quickly and playing hard and confident rhythmical sections h piano truly shines. Double Bassist Steve Dais has his turn to become the star of the show later o in this song. With a very nice quiet and thoughtful solo, you slowly realise that Jon Coltrane knows who he wants in his band. Towards the end of the Bass solo comes a drum roll which is also backed up by piano, as the bass continues in its clever solo. Drums are also allowed to impressed in this piece as they take an exciting twist with multiple speeds. Then�Sax returns, and continues o impress with the shear speed and zeal that comes with it. John Coltrane has been called self-indulgent, all I can say is if he is I�m glad.

4. But Not For Me

Saxophone opens this piece very neatly. The tune of this piece creates a wonderful feeling as both bass and sax take you both up and down. The piano stays on the mainly upbeat track. The sax keeps making miracles for the ears as it goes on. The piano and sax both have a feeling of a build up to something new and incredible as they go through. It gives you the impression of more to come, which is great considering how impressive this already is. The sax pulls off one more trick before letting the piano take centre stage, the piano is cleverly left to go crazy over a particularly amazing bassline. The piano is best described as multi-tonal, as t moves through the very excitable things it plays. This track then lets a new kind of saxophone playing appear even more fantastic than usual. The bassline becomes more apparent still in this section and appears more quirky than ever. The sax leads you into some very crazed directions towards the end of this piece. The Sax leads the rest of the band to the closing section and ands this CD.

Overall

This is a truly great CD and marks John Coltrane as on of THE jazz musicians to love. There are only two real problems; the improvisational nature of this piece and the sound. The first means that there are a few major down points to each song, the latter is due to the fact that it is a re-release of an old LP, as you probably guessed. Otherwise it is great.



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STLMiguel
June 10th 2006


335 Comments


This is an all-time favorite. I love it. Maybe my favorite Coltrane, to be honest. Great stuff.

burton.and.gas
June 10th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is great! am i right in thiking it's one of his less famous ones? Cos i had never heard of it, but i odnt exactly follow jazz. It is amazing though.

Sepstrup
June 10th 2006


1567 Comments


I want to listen to it because Summertime is on it

C20H25N3O
June 10th 2006


583 Comments


Scaary, I was thinking about doing this album hours ago.

burton.and.gas
June 10th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

summertime does rule!

Sepstrup
June 10th 2006


1567 Comments


It's probably my favourite jazz standard. Maybe Autumn Leaves, too

DesolationRow
June 10th 2006


833 Comments


Just a little trivia, did you know that Rage Against the Machine wrote the melody to Bulls on Parade around the melody to My Favorite Things?

Anyways, a very good track by track review, and one of the better Jazz albums of the century.

Rams
June 10th 2006


31 Comments


[quote="burton.and.gas"]This is great! am i right in thiking it's one of his less famous ones? Cos i had never heard of it, but i odnt exactly follow jazz. It is amazing though.[/quote]

It's probably his second most famous right behind A Love Supreme.

STLMiguel
June 10th 2006


335 Comments


Yeah, definately one of his more famous. Giant Steps might be more famous in jazz circles, but the general public probably wouldn't know a single song on that album.

burton.and.gas
June 11th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol oops. I look like a fool now i'll edit my review.

jazzfromhell
June 17th 2006


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album, might be my favorite by Coltrane other than Live at the Village Vanguard and maybe A Love Supreme. I would agree that Giant Steps is more famous than this album, after that, this probably is the most well known of his, under his own name.



I disagree that the improvisation brings "down points." Sure, there're points where the music slows down, but I think that adds a lot to the feel, makes the song more like the ebb and flow of a tide (wow, that sounds pretentious :D ). I've never noticed the sound to be particularly bad, but I don't usually notice a lot about sound.

burton.and.gas
June 18th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmm, well i like the fact that there is improvisation, don't ge me wrong. But i think there are definite times in each song that are quite weak as a result. It wouldn't be the same album without improv tho obviously.

myron
November 12th 2007


7 Comments


Great album. Mccoy has definitely grown on me. I love Coltranes soprano work, its so nicer than his tenor. the title track is for the ages. (coltrane stripped back the chords so it was modal; the first half is in E minor and the second E major)

Chrisjon89
June 30th 2011


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is incredibly good and accessible too. It's on par with Giant Steps and Crescent for me.

DestroyHim
February 1st 2012


188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. It's McCoy Tyner on piano btw.

Activista anti-MTV
March 27th 2012


3152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

All-time favorite

KILL
March 27th 2012


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

Activista anti-MTV
March 27th 2012


3152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Summertime is underrated, i think. Loved earlier Coltrane

NeutralThunder12
March 27th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

whole album is underrated



best coltrane

Activista anti-MTV
March 27th 2012


3152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The title track is completely overwhelming



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