is a 1970 The Best of John Coltrane compilation album released by Atlantic Records collecting recordings made by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. The album was released shortly after his death as a part of the "Atlantic Jazz Anthology"—a series of greatest hits compilations for Atlantic jazz artists—and features performances from his brief period recording for Atlantic with new liner notes by jazz journalist Nat Hentoff.
Recording and reception [ edit ]
Three songs—"Cousin Mary", "
Giant Steps", and " Naima"—come from his 1959 sessions for the album and represent the height of Coltrane's experimentation with Giant Steps Coltrane changes and sheets of sound. His cover version of " My Favorite Things" is a modal jazz interpretation of the standard Rodgers and Hammerstein composition from the album of the same name and was recorded in 1960 concurrent with the songs from 1964's ("Central Park West" and " Coltrane's Sound Equinox".) Although his recordings with Atlantic were a brief portion of his career, they represent a dramatic shift in his genre of jazz playing toward experimental  free jazz as well as a change from tenor to soprano saxophone and the introduction of his classic quartet on the 1960 material. As this album only compiles his Atlantic material, it is not representative of his entire discography,  the bulk of which was recorded for  Impulse! Records. The album reached No. 20 on the Jazz Albums chart Billboard in February 1971.  
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs composed by John Coltrane and published by Jowcol,
BMI, except "My Favorite Things", composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and published by Williamson ASCAP
My Favorite Things" (from , 1961) – 13:41 My Favorite Things "
Naima" (from , 1960) – 4:21 Giant Steps "
Giant Steps" (from Giant Steps) – 4:43
Equinox" (from , 1964) – 8:33 Coltrane's Sound "Cousin Mary" (from
Giant Steps) – 5:45 "Central Park West" (from
Coltrane's Sound) – 4:12
Personnel [ edit ]
Coltrane's Sound and My Favorite Things
John Coltrane –
soprano saxophone on "My Favorite Things", tenor and soprano saxophone on "Central Park West" and "Equinox", band leader Steve Davis – double bass
Elvin Jones – drums
McCoy Tyner – piano
Release history [ edit ]
September 17, 1990 Atlantic
References [ edit ]
^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "The Best of John Coltrane – John Coltrane (Review)". Allmusic . Retrieved . 2010-12-26
^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
^ Ruhlmann, William. "John Coltrane Biography from AllMusic". Allmusic . Retrieved . 2010-12-26
^ Garland, Phyl (January 1971), "Sounds", , Ebony Johnson Publishing Company, 26 (3), p. 25, ISSN 0012-9011
^ "The Best of John Coltrane – John Coltrane (Charts & Awards)". Allmusic . Retrieved . 2010-12-26
^ "Best Selling Jazz LP's". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. February 27, 1971. p. 37.
External links [ edit ]