Tuesday, December 15

Giant Steps - John Coltrane (1960)


Wikipedia - "Giant Steps is the fifth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane as leader, released in 1960 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1311. His first album for his new label Atlantic, it is the breakthrough album for Coltrane as a leader, and many of its tracks have become practice templates for jazz saxophonists. ... The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as sheets of sound, and features his explorations into third-related chord movements that came to be known as Coltrane changes. Jazz musicians continue to use the Giant Steps chord progression, which consists of a peculiar set of chords that often move in thirds, as a practice piece and as a gateway into modern jazz improvisation. Several pieces on this album went on to become jazz standards, most prominently 'Naima' and 'Giant Steps.' ..."
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JazzWiseMagazine
Guardian - 50 great moments in jazz: John Coltrane's giant step for improvisation (Video)
YouTube: John Coltrane - Giant steps full jazz album
01 Giant Steps - 00:00 02 Cousin Mary - 04:46 03 Countdown - 10:36 04 Spiral - 13:01 05 Syeeda's Song Flute - 19:05 06 Naima - 26:11 07 Mr. P.C. - 30:36 08 Giant Steps (alternate version 1) - 37:39 09 Naima (alternate version 1) - 41:23 10 Cousin Mary (alternate take) - 45:55 11 Countdown (alternate take) - 51:46 12 Syeeda's Song Flute (alternate take) - 56:23 13 Giant Steps (alternate version 2) - 1:03:35 14 Naima (alternate version 2) - 1:07:07 15 Giant Steps (alternate take) - 1:10:35

2011 November: John Coltrane Quartet, Live at Jazz Casual, 1963, 2012 March: John Coltrane 1960 - 1965, 2012 September: "Naima" (1959), 2012 October: Blue Train (1957), 2013 April: The World According to John Coltrane, 2013 November: A Love Supreme (1965), 2014 July: New Photos of John Coltrane Rediscovered 50 Years After They Were Shot, 2014 November: Coltrane’s Free Jazz Wasn’t Just “A Lot of Noise”, 2015 February: Lush Life (1958), 2015 May: An Animated John Coltrane Explains His True Reason for Being: “I Want to Be a Force for Real Good”, 2015 July: Afro Blue Impressions (2013), 2015 September: Impressions of Coltrane.

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