Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: John McLaughlin Pays Tribute To Trane

John McLaughlin is one of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world and an outstanding interpreter of the music of John Coltrane. Coltrane transformed the show tune “My Favorite Things,” and McLaughlin provides his own lyrical and swinging spin on that transformation in this two-part video. He’s joined by two formidable musicians in their own right, Joey De Francesco, organ, and Dennis Chambers, drums. Along these lines, I recommend McLaughlin’s tribute album to Coltrane, “After The Rain.” This is the third consecutive year I’ve posted a performance of “My Favorite Things,” which I suppose is a record. Coltrane’s performance is here, and David Liebman’s is here.

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