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"My Favorite Things" by John Coltrane: A Timeless Jazz Classic


John Coltrane
John Coltrane

The jazz standard "My Favourite Things" was written by Oscar Hammerstein II with music by Richard Rodgers. The song first appeared in the 1959 Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," but it wasn't until John Coltrane released his recording of it in 1960 that it gained notoriety as a jazz standard.


The lively, almost hypnotic speed of Coltrane's performance of "My Favourite Things" and the usage of unusual instruments like the soprano saxophone and bass clarinet make it stand out. Coltrane's saxophone carries the melody of the song, with the other instruments providing a captivating background. It's simple to become engrossed in the song and lose track of time due to the melody's repeating nature.

John Coltrane's My Favorite Things

Even though it is a jazz rendition of a show tune, "My Favourite Things" lacks the humor of the original version. The music of John Coltrane is moody, powerful, and urgent. This is evident in the way he plays the saxophone. The usage of minor chords and discordant sounds adds to the song's emotional depth.


"My Favourite Things" is recognized as one of the finest jazz recordings of all time and has become one of John Coltrane's hallmark songs. It has been a longtime favorite among jazz fans thanks to its timeless nature, and numerous other jazz albums bear the mark of its influence.


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