Rather than playing out a story in my mind with its instrumental intricacies and taking me into the world of a crowded town in the 1960s like A Love Supreme did, Giant Steps is more focused on playing groovy and gaiety tunes. It moreso wants to make you dance instead of building a world out of its saxophones unlike some of Coltrane's most beloved albums. With that being said, it also isn’t lacking in the boundary-pushing musical craftsmanship that comes with typical Coltrane classics. The aptly titled “Coltrane Changes” was coined after the daunting chords played in the album’s title track, a progression very few jazz artists can replicate because of how difficult it is to play. As per usual for Coltrane, his intrepid and beguiling saxophones are the focal points of each song with drums and softly-strummed bass backing these saxophone grooves up. The many instruments, each of which containing their own distinct personality, add up to create some of Coltrane’s most fun tunes. It’s an album that only relents on its fun when it slows down a bit and creates songs that are more toned down and contain a lot of empty space compared to the more eventful tunes. These tracks are somewhat boring, despite them having moments of grandeur, and come out to be the worst tracks on the record. However, I can still safely that Giant Steps is primarily a record that doesn’t yield on its capabilities of making the listener dance. In other words, a fun-ass jazz record.
Favorite Tracks: Giant Steps, Cousin Mary, Countdown, Spiral, Mr. P.C.
Worst Track: Naima