Sunday, January 27, 2013

John Coltrane and His Great Quintet Play ‘My Favorite Things’ (1961)


From Open Culture, this is a cool video of John Coltrane giving a classic jazz treatment to a tune from Rodgers and Hammerstein, “My Favorite Things.”

Watch John Coltrane and His Great Quintet Play ‘My Favorite Things’ (1961)
January 25th, 2013


Here’s something to help you slide into the weekend in the right frame of mind: John Coltrane in 1961, playing his hypnotic, dervish-like modal arrangement of the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein song, “My Favorite Things.”

The performance was recorded by German public television in Baden-Baden on November 24, 1961–the same year as the release of Coltrane’s breakthrough solo album, also named My Favorite Things. The quintet includes Coltrane on soprano saxophone, Eric Dolphy on flute, McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. You can see the complete TV broadcast, along with two others, in our November 21 post, “John Coltrane: Three Great European Performances, 1960, 1961 and 1965.”

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