Song of the Day: John Coltrane, “Giant Steps”

Saxophonist John Coltrane, one of the most influential jazz musicians of his time, was born on this day in 1926. His influence could be felt in the areas of hard bop, modal jazz, free jazz, and avant-garde jazz. The jazz standard “Giant Steps” was written by Coltrane and was the title track from his 1960 album. The chord changes in the song are considered some of the most difficult in jazz, and are referred to as the “Coltrane Changes.”

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day: John Coltrane, “Giant Steps”

  1. I’ve got several Coltrane albums on CD & cassette. I rarely listen to them because it’s not a style of music that I particularly embrace. It’s well done, but I’ve got to be in the mood to listen.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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