Mr. P.C. (composition)

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"Mr. P.C."
Composition by John Coltrane
from the album Giant Steps
Released1960 (1960)
RecordedMay 1959
Composer(s)John Coltrane
Producer(s)Nesuhi Ertegün

"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.[1]

Form and changes[edit]

"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 :||

Covered by[edit]

"Mr PC" has been covered by many other musicians including:


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.


  1. ^ Zisman, Michael (2005-06-01). The Real Easy Book. Sher Music Co. p. 43. ISBN 9781883217198. Retrieved 8 April 2012.