One of our readers tipped us off to a couple of vintage jazz clips on YouTube. First up is footage of Miles Davis and John Coltrane playing a nice rendition of “So What,” the leadoff tune from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (1959), an album that ranks at the very top of the jazz canon. There is a reason why it has five stars and 649 reviews on Amazon. It’s just a damn good album.
Next up, we give you Coltrane playing “My Favorite Things,” which was first released in 1960 on an album with the same title. This complex reworking of the song made famous by The Sound of Music came to be Coltrane’s most requested tune. And the video (1961) shows Trane literally and figuratively breathing new life into the soprano saxophone.