Giant Steps

Midas' Heritage
Release date
21 Feb 2014
Running length
29 tracks
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1 John Coltrane - My Favorite Things 13:46 219,825
2 John Coltrane - Flamenco Sketches (feat. Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Bill Evans) 9:26 5
3 John Coltrane - Like Someone in Love 4:59 32,673
4 John Coltrane - Giant Steps (feat. Paul Chambers, Tommy Flanagan, Art Taylor) 4:42 3
5 John Coltrane - Cousin Mary 9:57 139,447
6 John Coltrane - The Feeling of Jazz (feat. Duke Ellington) 5:30 15
7 John Coltrane - Angelica (feat. Duke Ellington) 5:59 9
8 John Coltrane - My Little Brown Book (feat. Duke Ellington) 5:22 12
9 John Coltrane - Harmonique 4:14 8,138
10 John Coltrane - Lazy Bird 7:05 81,310
11 John Coltrane - Stevie (feat. Duke Ellington) 4:25 10
12 John Coltrane - It Might as Well Be Spring (feat. Gene Ammons All Stars) 11:35 6
13 John Coltrane - Like Sonny 5:55 36,097
14 John Coltrane - Then I'll Be Tired of You 9:27 4,626
15 John Coltrane - Big Nick (feat. Duke Ellington) 4:31 9
16 John Coltrane - Aisha 7:45 14,295
17 John Coltrane - Ko Ko (feat. Dexter Culbertson's U.S. Navy Band) 2:12 7
18 John Coltrane - Love Thy Neighbor 9:21 6,595
19 John Coltrane Quartet - Blues Minor 7:24 2,733
20 John Coltrane - Take the Coltrane (feat. Duke Ellington) 4:44 7
21 John Coltrane - Groove Blues (feat. Gene Ammons All Stars) 9:35 7
22 John Coltrane - Dahomey Dance 10:49 11,891
23 John Coltrane - I Want to Talk About You 10:11 53,196
24 John Coltrane - Time After Time 7:41 11,930
25 John Coltrane Quartet - Greensleeves 9:59 6,284
26 John Coltrane - In a Sentimental Mood (feat. Duke Ellington) 4:17 693
27 John Coltrane - Ammon Joy (feat. Gene Ammons All Stars) 13:20 11
28 John Coltrane - Stardust 8:24 23,768
29 John Coltrane Quartet - Africa 16:28 3,573

About this album

The Great African-American Classical Art-Form
Photo by: Lee Friedlander
This album will be enshrine as a watershed
the likes of which may never truly be appreciated. Giant Steps bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the art-form as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience. Although this was John Coltrane’s debut for Atlantic, he was concurrently performing and recording with Miles Davis during this period. Within the space of less than three weeks,

Coltrane would complete his work with Davis and company on another art-form-defining album, Kind of Blue, before commencing his efforts on this one. Coltrane (tenor sax) is flanked by essentially two different trios. Recording commenced in early May of 1959 with a pair of sessions that featured Tommy Flanagan (piano) and Art Taylor (drums), as well as Paul Chambers — who was the only band member other than Coltrane to have performed on every date.
When recording resumed in December of that year, Wynton Kelly (piano) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) were instated — replicating the lineup featured on Kind of Blue, sans Miles Davis of course. At the heart of these recordings, however, is the laser-beam focus of Coltrane’s tenor solos. All seven pieces issued on the
original Giant Steps are likewise Coltrane compositions. He was, in essence, beginning to rewrite the so-called jazz canon with material that would be centered on solos — the 180-degree antithesis of the art-form up to that point. These arrangements would create a place for the solo to become infinitely more

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  • Gaffes

    Giant Steps is simply giant.

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • YoYoMancuso

    ridiculous track listing

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    " FAGY ASS NIGGA BE FRONTIN NEEDS BASE" Shut up. You're not funny and in fact you ought to be sterilized.

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod ...

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Sheik777

    Flanagan fucked up that solo LOL

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • SzachLechistanu

    I love that svastika in the cover.

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • JBThazard

    My third favorite album ever. Beyond masterpieces.

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • kmullin

    amazing how perfect this albums is. So fluid over difficult chord progressions. Never wouldve guessed by hearing his earlier albums (Blue Train, Lush Life, etc.).

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • federokete


    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • akzincke

    feels damn fine.

    13 Oct 2011 Reply
  • jazzncoffee

    Amazing album! Come show some love to Paul Chambers, the bassist on this record as well as a lot of great Davis albums like "Kind of Blue" and "'Round Midnight":

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • IllumoHorizon

    "Giants Steps" is in its own way much more melodic than "Blue Train" which makes it easier to understand. Great artwork!

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • dissonance416

    This is the first jazz record I ever bought/ listened to. This is a good thing, but also a bad thing. It was great, because it gave me a fantastic introduction to jazz. It wasn't so great because no other jazz record holds a candle to "Giant Steps." So simply put, I will never enjoy my first time listening to a record this much ever again. Paul Chambers ridiculous. Note to those who love this record: there's a live recording of Naima that Coltrane did with Eric Dolphy. Dolphy takes a beautiful bass clarinet solo. Unmissable.

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • cubemonger


    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • rymdvarelse

    this album is really something, and that something is fantastic.

    12 Mar 2010 Reply
  • TaxMonkey

    Just listening through it for the first time. What a great fucking album!

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • photon_man62

    Visukyua to the rescue!

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • biomorfo

    CHANGE this annoying album cover, PLEASE!!!!

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • jall7871

    ugly ugly ugly album cover!

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • biomorfo

    and yeah!!! CHANGE THIS COVER!!!!

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
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