My Favorite Things

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
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1961 Ratings: #1
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March 1, 1961 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
Nesuhi Ertegün / Producer
Jazz, Post-Bop / Genres
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The History of the Albums - n° 165

[I invite you to read my previous reviews on John Coltrane, listed below, in order to better understand his life and this one]. Although he had already proved so much in the 50s, John Coltrane mainly built his legend in the 60s, going from young prodigy to avant-garde genius. There is no doubt that John Coltrane is probably the jazzman who benefited the most from the metamorphosis of jazz at the turn of the decade. Not only did he fine-tune his ... read more
'My Favorite Things' may be a bit straightforward, not all that complex as some of John Coltrane's other works and not my favourite thing from him but it's still a very enjoyable album that has it's fair share of good moments, especially Summertime.
My Favorite Things - 5/5 ❤
Everytime We Say Goodbye - 5/5 ❤
Summertime - 4/5
But Not for Me - 5/5 ❤
My Favorite Things and Everytime We Say Goodbye are, without exaggeration, two of the most beautiful jazz recordings I've ever heard. In my opinion, the two other songs don't fully live up to that incredibly high standard, but both of them are still solid Bop-era Coltrane songs.
Modal Jazz, as performed by Coltrane, envelopes the listener from the start on My Favorite Things. The music is very accessible (given the album's substantial commercial success) and had me ignore the record for decades due to my snobbish attitude about commercially popular recordings. Then, magically, I woke up. Great 60s music begins a cross-over enticement changing the unfamiliar listener to a familiar and well-informed listener, and delivers Jazz music. Coltrane's George Russell-inspired ... read more
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Added on: April 21, 2013