Tuesday, April 03, 2007

My Favorite Things (1960)

John Coltrane ushered in the '60s with an album that is arguably the epitome -- the apotheosis -- of all day jazz. With only four tracks on this debut of his quartet with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, there's ample space for the modalities to unfold, ingratiate, pivot sideways, surprise, go quiet, hit the groove again, and guide your head, on conscious and unconscious levels alike. "My Favorite Things" went on to become something like a signature song for Coltrane & co., a staple in performance and frequently appearing on his live releases. I think, when Steve Wynn starts yelping about John Coltrane music, this is the kind of thing he's talking about. But really, it's hard to go wrong with this guy, or this album. So go ahead. Play it again.

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