“My One and Only Love – Johny Coltrane

“My One and Only Love” is a popular ballad. It was written by Guy Wood and Robert Mellin. Johnny Coltrane and his quartet recorded the ballad in 1963. The musicians are Johny Coltrane (saxophone), vocalist Johnny Hartman, and pianist McCoy Tyner. There is a drummer as well but I don’t know his name.

Johnny Coltrane (1926-1967)

Johnny Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Early in his career Coltrane played in the be-bop and hard bop styles. He pioneered the use of modes in jazz and later in his career explored free jazz. Later on in his career his solos were very abstract and sometimes he seemed to try and fit in as many notes as is humanly possible at a fast tempo. Here is a recording of Johnny Coltrane and his quartet performing “My One and Only Love.” Coltrane’s solo doesn’t stray much from the melody and he isn’t trying to set any speed records. His playing has a beautiful tone. Enjoy!

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