My Favorite Things is a 1961 jazz album by John Coltrane, the seventh in his catalogue and widely regarded as one of his finest recordings. It was the first album to feature him playing soprano saxophone and the title track became a radio hit single.
- "My Favorite Things" (13:41)
- "Everytime We Say Goodbye" (5:39)
- "Summertime" (11:31)
- "But Not For Me" (9:34)
The 1998 reissue CD adds the bonus tracks "My Favorite Things, Part 1" (2:45) and "2" (3:02).
- John Coltrane: tenor and soprano saxophone
- McCoy Tyner: piano
- Steve Davis: double bass
- Elvin Jones: drums
My Favorite Tropes:
- Cover Album: All tracks are covers, including the title track, which was taken from Rodgers And Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. "Summertime" is from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and "But Not for Me" from Girl Crazy. "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" is a Cole Porter track.
- The Cover Changes the Meaning: Coltrane gives the tracks his own personal interpretations.
- Crying Little Kid: The baby in "Summertime", in the context of Gershwin's ''Porgy and Bess'.
- Darker and Edgier: The title track. Coltrane took a perky little Rodgers and Hammerstein ditty from The Sound of Music and turned it into something a critic described as a "hypnotic eastern devish dance" lasting 13 minutes.
- Epic Rocking: "My Favorite Things". We say again: 13 minutes!
- Face on the Cover: Coltrane playing his instrument.
- Grief Song: "Everytime We Say Goodbye".
- List Song: My Favorite Things is one in the context of the original play The Sound of Music, but the album tracks in themselves could also be seen as Coltrane's list of his "favorite things".
- New Sound Album: For the first time Coltrane played soprano saxophone on one of his albums.
- One-Word Title: "Summertime".
- Record Producer: Nesuhi Ertegün.
- Title Track: "My Favorite Things".