Saturday, May 5, 2012

53 Years Ago - Coltrane's "Giant Steps" is Recorded

On this day in 1959, John Coltrane recorded the seminal "Giant Steps" album, which was his first album with Atlantic Records and his first album of full original material.

The recording shows the height of Coltrane's sheets of sound technique, and features his explorations into third-related chord movements that came to be known as Coltrane changes.

Incidentally this album was recorded just 2 weeks after the "Kind of Blue" sessions with Miles Davis.

The title track remains one of the most complicated jazz standards; and another standard off the album is "Naima", which you can hear below:

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