Based in Albuquerque, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an attorney focused on Habeas Corpus law and protecting the constitutional rights of indigent citizens accused of crimes. Passionate about jazz music, Geoffrey Scovil considers John Coltrane his favorite musician.
One of the songs most associated with the tenor saxophonist is My Favorite Things, composed by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1959 for the musical The Sound of Music. With a wistful, lilting sound, the song reminds the listener to remember the happier times when life hits a rough patch.
Taking the original waltz rhythm and melody, Coltrane collaborated with McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums, and Steve Davis on double bass in crafting a lengthy instrumental version of the song in 1960.
Using a modal scale and incorporating an innovative "sheets of sound" approach, Coltrane changed the song’s chord progression and employed a 6/8 tempo that halved the measure length. The result was a recorded version that provided an ideal live performance launch pad, with the introductory riff and extended introduction leading to a series of extended solos within a relaxed, flowing groove.
Geoff Scovil received a BA in history, philosophy, and ethnic studies from the University of Texas at Austin.