Mr. P.C. (composition)
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|Composition by John Coltrane|
|from the album Giant Steps|
"Mr PC" is a 12 bar jazz piece in minor blues form, composed by John Coltrane in 1959. The song is named in tribute to the bass player Paul Chambers who had accompanied Coltrane for years. It first appeared on the album Giant Steps where it was played with a fast swing feel.
Form and changes
"Mr PC" is a simple 12 bar minor blues. The chord changes for "Mr PC":
- ||: Cmin7 | Cmin7 | Cmin7 Bb/C Cmin7 | Cmin7 ||
- || Fmin7 | Fmin7 | Cmin7 Bb/C Cmin7 | Cmin7 ||
- || Ab7 | G7+9 | Cmin7 Bb/C Cmin7 | Cmin7 :||
"Mr PC" has been covered by many other musicians including:
- Lambert, Hendricks & Ross in "Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross!" (1960).
- Rahsaan Roland Kirk in The Man Who Cried Fire (2002).
- Eric Johnson in "Europe Live" (2014).
- Derek Trucks in The Derek Trucks Band (1997).
The principal melody closely resembles the Robert MacGimsey popular song "Shadrack", featured in the 1951 film The Strip as performed by Louis Armstrong. Another possible direct influence is a 1951 performance by fellow tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet. But, it most resembles a phrase from Irving Berlin's Puttin' On the Ritz.