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John Coltrane - Giant Steps [Remastered] (2015)

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John Coltrane - Giant Steps [Remastered] (2015)
Artist: John Coltrane
Title Of Album: Giant Steps
Year Of Release: 1959 / 2015
Label: Atlantic Records
Country: USA
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless [44.1kHz/16bit / 96kHz/24bit / 192kHz/24bit]
Time: 37:36 min
Full Size: 245 mb / 884 mb / 1.45 gb

It's understandable that many listeners may prefer to "Giant Steps" the more accessible earlier or later Trane. The former offers up his explorations within more familiar song forms; the latter makes the song secondary to the soloist's quest for a rapture beyond musical form altogether. "Giant Steps," on the other hand, is a musican's album. It set a new standard not only for saxophonists but all musicians, requiring a combination of harmonic knowledge and technical facility that sent numerous musicians back to the woodshed for countless hours of practice. Without this album, and especially the title song and "The Countdown," Coltrane's early work would have seemed short of realizing its potential, and his later work would have been open to increasing suspicion about his actual credentials. Like Armstrong's cadenza on "West End Blues" and Bird's break on "Night in Tunisia," "Giant Steps" turned heads and gave a generation of musicians a whole new understanding of what jazz improvisation was capable of producing.

For the more technically minded, Trane's revision of dominant-tonic harmony is more impressive than his later embracing of modes as the sole platform for his scales and upper register probings. Suggested by the challenging bridge of Rodgers and Hart's "Have You Met Miss Jones," the sequence moves through a cycle of descending major thirds which, in the hands of most musicians, feels awkward and unnatural. Coltrane not only mastered the sequence but learned how to use it as a substitution in conventional harmonic settings. More impressively, he learned to execute it with an agility and naturalness that makes it possible for the listener to ignore the harmonic underpinning entirely and be swept up by the wave of emotion and melodic inventiveness.

"Giant Steps" is the main reason Sonny Rollins temporarily stopped playing in public. To his credit he came up with his own solution to the tyrannous sameness of much pop song harmony, but he was never able to come to terms with the harmonic complexity and technical innovations introduced by Coltrane. On the other hand, few have.


01. Giant Steps (4:48)
02. Cousin Mary (5:50)
03. Countdown (2:25)
04. Spiral (6:04)
05. Syeeda's Song Flute (7:06)
06. Naima (4:25)
07. Mr. P.C. (6:58)

John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Tommy Flanagan - piano
Wynton Kelly - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Art Taylor - drums
Jimmy Cobb - drums

Recorded: Atlantic Studios, New York, NY on April 1, May 4 and December 2, 1959

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