Song of the Week: “Greensleeves” by The John Coltrane Quartet

by Douglas Cowie on 15 June 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Greensleeves” by The John Coltrane Quartet:

Last week my grandmother, Shirley Cowie, died. “Greensleeves” was her favorite song. When longtime WGN Radio broadcaster Bob Collins badmouthed the song on the air in the 1980s she stopped listening to his show in protest. That’s how much she liked “Greensleeves.” This version of the song, by The John Coltrane Quartet, is from the Africa/Brass album. It was recorded in 1961 by the late Rudy Van Gelder and features John Coltrane on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums.

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