John Coltrane - Giant Steps mp3 album

John Coltrane - Giant Steps mp3 album
Hard Bop,Jazz Instrument,Saxophone Jazz
  • Performer:
    John Coltrane
  • Title:
    Giant Steps
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  • Style:
    Hard Bop,Jazz Instrument,Saxophone Jazz
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John Coltrane - Giant Steps mp3 album

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    1725 mb
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    1882 mb
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    1501 mb
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Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Giant Steps John Coltrane John Coltrane 4:47
2 Cousin Mary John Coltrane John Coltrane 5:50
3 Countdown John Coltrane John Coltrane 2:25
4 Spiral John Coltrane John Coltrane 5:59
5 Syeeda's Song Flute John Coltrane John Coltrane 7:06
6 Naima John Coltrane John Coltrane 4:25
7 Mr. P.C. John Coltrane John Coltrane 6:58


Paul Chambers - Bass
John Coltrane - Composer, Primary Artist, Sax (Tenor)
Tom Dowd - Engineer
Nesuhi Ertegun - Supervisor
Tommy Flanagan - Piano
Nat Hentoff - Liner Notes
Phil Iehle - Engineer
Marvin Israel - Cover Design
Art Taylor - Drums

"Giant Steps" is about as aptly named an album as you will ever come across. With little warning, Coltrane's new approach to jazz took the music in a new direction, with a huge gap existing between the jazz of the past and that of the future. For the most part, Coltrane's music - and that of his ever-expanding legion of followers - was now irrevocably headed down an avant-garde path focused primarily on soloing, as opposed to melody. The result is jarring and challenging to listen to, even today. "Giant Steps" certainly isn't a place to start listening to jazz; new listeners will feel lost in a map written in a foreign language. It requires education into the history and changing sounds of jazz before and since to understand it's many strengths. The beautiful "Naima" may be the lone exception, as it was performed by the same band who appeared on Miles Davis's much more accessible "Kind of Blue." If it were not for the obvious absence of Miles himself, the song would fit perfectly on that prior masterpiece. Though the leap Coltrane took here remains controversial, his musicianship and bravery are beyond reproach.
My first Coltrane and still my favourite one. Has he EVER sounded better on one of his solo records ? The poetic and dreamy "Naïma" remains one of the most beautiful jazz-ballads and the rest is also pure genius from start to finish. One of the 10 best jazz records of all times for me.
Absolutely Essential Jazz Classic - Other than the beautifully crafted ballad "Naima" which features Jimmy Cobb and Wynton Kelly from the Kind of Blue Sessions, it's full of fantastic driving Hard Bop. A masterpiece, brilliant.
This album ranks right up there with Blue Train as one of the essential albums to own by John Coltrane. The title track gets things started and everything just flows from there. The CD I have features alternate takes of five of the seven songs on the original album. While they don't add a whole lot, they do not take away from the listening experience. It is almost like listening to it twice, which is not a bad thing. Highly recommended.
Giant Steps aptly deserves it's place as one of the towering masterworks of modern Jazz and as being the other big modal masterwork (after Kind of Blue, which he also performed on). Giant Steps is almost like a complete 180 in terms of modal based sound compared with Kind of Blue. But are groundbreaking, experimental modal work but Kind of Blue is luscious, lyrical, impressionistic, relaxed, yet complex and accessible whereas Giant Steps is more complex, more intense, and much more aggressively challenging in nature, but no less satisfying. Coltrane flies out the gate with the off the hook title track which has Coltrane almost tripping over his own rapidly played, complex chord changes with bassist Paul Chamber's and drummer Art Taylor together pounding the fuck away their instruments barely keeping up with Coltrane before slowing down somewhat for the more explicitly hard bop oriented Cousin Mary before returning to the equally cerebral and visceral off the hook sound of the title track with Countdown which gives a little more flexibility to Art Taylor, who opens the song with an explosive solo. The next two songs, Spiral and Syeeda's Song Flute calm things down a little bit and go back the more bop oriented sound of Cousin Mary but are a bit more inventive in that they both involve some beautifully inventive middle sections where Tommy Flanagan's lovely piano work and Paul Chamber's bass work are given room to roam and they gradually calm the song down to an even more relaxed note before returning the mid tempo energy with Coltrane with Flanagan's work on Spiral being all the more distinctive as he makes his piano riffs increasingly softer to give the impression of going down a spiral. Naima is the albums sole ballad and it's astonishing. Naima's romantic, lyrical beauty easily ranks it up there with Miles Davis's Blue in Green, Circle, and Pee Wee, Dave Brubeck's Strange Meadow Lark, Wayne Shorter's Infant Eyes, and Ornette Coleman's Peace as being one of the greatest jazz ballads ever recorded and it cements John Coltrane's place up there with his contemporary Miles Davis as being one of the greatest jazz balladeer's of all time. Also, Naima features a fantastic performance from the amazing and underrated Wynton Kelly, who gives the song one of the best performances of his career. Coltrane concludes the album on an upbeat note with Mr. P.C. (the P.C. stands for Paul Chamber's, not Political Correctness) which combines the sort of bop based sound of Syeeda's Song Flute, Spiral, and Cousin Mary with the complex sounds of the title track and Countdown (even though it's chord changes are simpler). Listen to it in mono if you can.