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Posted in Music by Bharat Iyer on June 10, 2010

I never tire of this song.

The video is from a 1961 performance at Baden-Baden, Germany

John Coltrane – soprano sax, tenor sax
Eric Dolphy – flute and alto sax
McCoy Tyner – piano
Elvin Jones – drums
Reggie Workman – bass


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  1. Sharanya said, on June 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    When I first read the name of the song, before watching the video, my instinctive reaction was to think of The Sound of Music. But then I thought, heck, it’s not possible to do a jazz version of that song.

    And then I heard the song, and honestly, I never thought I’d be so happy on being proven wrong :D This is fucking amazing. I guess I need to develop a taste for jazz, but God, this is…full of soul, I’m sorry if that sounds cliched, it’s just so rich and delicate all at once. 10 whole minutes, and I didn’t even realize. Thanks for sharing this!

    Ps: You must be the first of the male species (apart from my dad) who has referenced ANYTHING from The Sound of Music :-/ That’s a very cool title to have, btw :P And oh, speaking of jazz, have you watched The Terminal?

    • Bharat Iyer said, on June 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      It’s one of his most well known songs; it’s a jazz standard now.

      I know; it’s one of my favourite jazz pieces. Jazz is incredible, if you like Indian classical you’ll like jazz – they share a similar sort of improvisatory ethos. It’s cliched but in the case of this song, and in the case of John Coltrane in general, it’s true too. I’m glad you liked it. :D

      P.S. Confession time: I haven’t seen The Sound of Music. I haven’t even heard the original version of this song. I’m not a big fan of musicals. :| :P Yeah, ages back. I think I watched it mainly for Catherine Zeta Jones. :P

      • Sharanya said, on June 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm

        Way to blow off my respect, mister! :P I have a sinking feeling that my dad will be the ONLY begetter of such an esteemed title. I’m going to generalize — men of the last decade of the 20th century don’t. watch. musicals. TOO BAD, IT’S THEIR LOSS.

        Oh and, haha, I mentioned the film coz of the jazz connection. Benny Golson at the Ramada Inn, remember? :)

      • Sharanya said, on June 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm

  2. Sharanya said, on June 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    (Er. If WP had spammed that, I would have totally understood. COMMENT OR EMAIL? God, identity crisis, let’s spam it.)

    • Bharat Iyer said, on June 12, 2010 at 10:17 pm

      Oh WP knows better than to spam your comments now, doesn’t he?

      • Sharanya said, on June 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm

        Isn’t WordPress a She?

        (This is payback time, WordPress. And you, for misleading your readers!)

  3. Bharat Iyer said, on June 12, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    One tries to be honest in one’s own modest ways, despite loss of respect. :P We’ll live. :P

    When I say music I mean guitar solos, complex rhythm patterns and crazy men on drugs. :P

    I remember that. I didn’t listen to jazz when I watched it so every scene without Catherine Zeta Jones in it was just a distraction. :P

    Oh WordPress is a he. Most certainly a he.

    (:O Slander! I never misled anyone! I have been most honest inspite of the risks! Such slander, such slander.)

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