Recorded in October 1960 and released the following March, this influential John Coltrane record found commercial success as well. An edited version of the opening track, Rogers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things”, was played on popular radio. Coltrane used the soprano saxophone for the first time on it, and would continue to play it in addition to the tenor from this point forward.
This is also the first recording of Coltrane’s iconic 1960’s quartet–the original version with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones (although these were not their first sessions with the leader), along with Steve Davis on bass. The whole record is fantastic, but I particularly like side B with it’s reinterpretations of the standards “Summertime” and “But Not For Me”.
Engineered by Tom Dowd for Atlantic, this is a first stereo pressing with the green and blue label and white fan. It’s glossy with only light marks, but makes a little more noise than expected. Not a big deal as it still sounds quite good, but it doesn’t have the life of the Blue Note and Contemporary releases of the period.
Details: (Atlantic SD 1361/green and blue/white fan)