Extra Tracks, Remastered
|Listen Now with Amazon Music|
|Amazon Music Unlimited|
|New from||Used from|
Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, October 25, 1990
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Trane's adventurous 1960 release, the first to feature solely his own compositions. Remastered from the original tapes, this landmark of modern jazz is further enhanced with 4 alternate takes. Includes the title track; Cousin Mary; Countdown; Spiral; Syeeda's Flute Song; Naima , and Mr. P.C .
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The first is sheer virtuosity of the performers. Coltrane here was at the peak of his "sheets of sound" style, indefatigably playing 16th and 8th notes in fast tempos. Except "Naima", a ballad written for Coltrane's first wife, this rapid-fire playing is present throughout the album. The bassist Paul Chambers stays in the background for most of the album, but performs remarkable solos when given the chance. Ditto for Art Taylor, who gets a thrilling moment in the spotlight in "Mr P.C." While the piano performances of the album are often called weak (Tommy Flanagan gives a famously unsure solo in the difficult "Giant Steps"), they never distract from the pleasure of the music as a whole.
Secondly, GIANT STEPS displays remarkable musical ingenuity. "Giant Steps", the opening track, moves extremely quickly through chords, progressing over different keys. The improvisation that must be made over continues to challenge and stimulate jazz musicians to this day. "Countdown" is a reworking of the Miles Davis composition "Tune Up" that adapts its musical material to Coltrane's unique talents.
Finally, the record is a masterpiece of production and sequencing. It sounds better than a lot of jazz albums from this era, with a strong sound across the whole range and no touch of static. The order of the tracks was also well thought-out, with "Giant Steps" a fine opening, the slow "Naima" positioned to give a break along the way, and "Mr P.C." a splendid closer. But though the album as first released is flawless, I must take a slight exception with the extra material here, unreleased takes that disrupt this original flow and display nothing that would interest the simple home listener as opposed to the historian and completist.
While records like Miles Davis' KIND OF BLUE (also featuring Coltrane and other musicians as on here) or Coltrane's later masterpiece A LOVE SUPREME are usual gateways into jazz, it was by listening to GIANT STEPS that I really got a handle on the genre. I'd recommend the album to any listener.
The album features Coltrane playing original compositions in his mature style, but the songs are catchy and concise, with very infectious hooks. It's the perfect first Coltrane record for anyone who's just getting into modern jazz and wants a representative example of his work-- comparable to Miles' "Kind of Blue" and Brubeck's "Time Out".