Thursday, May 22, 2008

John Coltrane: “My Favorite Things” (1961)

John William Coltrane (1926 - 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He played with a number of jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Although there are recordings of Coltrane from as early as 1946, his peers at the time didn't recognize 'genius' in the young musician. His real career spans the twelve years between 1955 and 1967, during which time he reshaped modern jazz and influenced generations of other musicians.

Performing “My Favorite Things” above are John Coltrane on soprano sax and tenor sax, Eric Dolphy on flute and alto sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. This performance took place in Baden-Baden Germany in 1961.

You can watch (and hear) Coltrane play “So What” with Miles Davis here and “Hackensack” with Stan Getz here.

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