Giant Steps

John Coltrane - Giant Steps
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Based on 267 ratings
1960 Ratings: #1
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January 1, 1960 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
Jazz / Genres
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100
AllMusic

Giant Steps bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the music as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience.

Chode
88
Up there with the likes of Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, among others, John Coltrane is one of the most important and cherished jazz artists of all time. Practicing the art of the saxophone while simultaneously being a sailor, joining an all-white band then being forced to act as if he is a guest in the band instead of an actual member in an attempt to avoid the consequences that Coltrane and the band may have faced if their supervisors found out, only to eventually become the head of said ... read more
nostalgia
80
'Giant Steps' has a legacy that is matched by very few albums in the jazz sphere, a legacy that in large part stems from its groundbreaking and complex musical compositions, composition that would not only go on to become Jazz standards, but also a rite of passage and challenge of sorts for many aspiring jazz musicians to conquer.

The story of the "Coltrane Changes" and how even an incredibly gifted pianist like Tommy Flanagan struggled with improvising over this daunting chord ... read more
Doublez
96
The History of the Albums - n° 131

[I invite you to read my previous review on John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957), in order to better understand his life and this one]

To put you in context, although he was already very talented and popular among his peers, Blue Train is his first masterpiece that allowed him to settle permanently, but we know that he didn't stop there. From Blue Train to Giant Steps, a lot happened, and without making bad puns, Coltrane went even higher. To sum up, it is ... read more
kathart
80
Go JC on the toot toot
MickyT
97
Yet another Coltrane classic. 'Giant Step' is Coltrane yet again delivering us some vibrant and exciting hard bop material, Coltrane as a saxophonist is on point throughout the entire project and he leads these musicians that accompany him to do the same. The compositions are exhilarating to say the least and it barely leaves me with a dull moment. Is it my favourite Coltrane project so far? Possibly.
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Track List

  1. Giant Steps
  2. Cousin Mary
  3. Countdown
  4. Spiral
  5. Syeeda's Song Flute
  6. Naima
  7. Mr. P.C.
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Added on: April 21, 2013