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As the title track for Coltrane’s seventh album, “My Favorite Things” is an instrumental cover of the song of the same name from the Broadway musical The Sound of Music. In the original context of the musical, the protagonist, Maria, sang this song to herself during troubling times.
Coltrane’s version exhibits a saxophone lead performed in E minor and was praised by many because of the new “avant-garde” direction that was being pioneered by Coltrane’s quartet. Another musical theme in this composition that is carried throughout My Favorite Things is the use of modality, the use of musical scales being used in a series. John Coltrane previously utilized this style of jazz in his collaboration album with Miles Davis, Kind of Blue.
“My Favorite Things” became a staple of John Coltrane’s and was regularly performed by him and his band at concerts. A 17-minute live rendition of this track was recorded during the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival.
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