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John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Oct 29, 2020 (updated Sep 14, 2021)
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'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 pattern is almost as famous as the album itself so instead of going into the details about all the musical intricacies that have been dissected time and time again by many people more qualified to do so than I am, I'll just say that the music on 'Giant Steps' is not only mind bogglingly-complex, it's also performed with such excitement, feeling and confidence that you don't need to a be a jazz buff to get completely entranced by pieces like "Giant Steps", "Cousin Mary" or "Naima".

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