Pure Serenity: 1960 Masterpiece Finds Coltrane Reworking Pop Standards With His Legendary Quartet
Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Bernie Grundman
Instantly recognized and forever celebrated, My Favorite Things is a landmark recording in every possible sense. The 1960 album is the first that introduced John Coltrane's legendary quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Steve Davis, and drummer Elvin Jones.
It is also the first on which he played soprano saxophone. And it
absolutely reimagined how a popular song (the smash title track) could
be interpreted and spun into a completely new, absorbingly beautiful piece of art.
Initially, the idea behind My Favorite Things was to have Coltrane record a set of standards that would be welcomed by the populace and marketplace. The genesis was Coltrane's preceding The Avant-Garde album, which, true to its title, found the leader exploring angular works. However, Coltrane
didn't settle for a typical approach here, as his radical redoing of
the title track features a scalar technique, a hybrid of Western and
Eastern themes, advanced chord structures and yet, recognizable shapes
and controlled melodies throughout. It remains a marvel of modern music, its freshness immune to age.
The remainder of the album is equally splendid, with Coltrane riffing on two George Gershwin
tunes and displaying a trademark coolness that defined his work for
Atlantic. His mates are sympathetic to the cause, the band's chemistry
simply superb. This is truly a record that no music lover should be without.
from the original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman, ORG Music's 180g 45RPM 2LP set shines new light onto this seminal music
marvel. Hear Coltrane as he's meant to be experienced. This edition of My Favorite Things is indeed bound to become one of your very favorite things!