2 LPs on 1 CD! The classic original album Giant Steps in its entirety. One of Coltrane’s best albums, it contains his first versions of such outstanding tunes as “Naima”, “Mr. P.C.” and “Giant Steps”. As a bonus, we have included Coltrane’s complete previous quartet album, Settin’ the Pace, which also features Paul Chambers and Art Taylor. Includes 12-page booklet.
*****DOWN BEAT original review: GIANT STEPS
“There seems to exist some feeling that John Coltrane, while granting him his importance as a major tenor influence, is a harsh-sounding player to whom it is difficult to listen. This LP, if it does nothing else, should dispel that idea quickly. There are times here when Coltrane is remarkably soft, lyrical, and just plain pretty. You can tag this LP as one of the important ones.” (Ralph J. Gleason)
01 GIANT STEPS 4:47 02 COUSIN MARY 5:49 03 COUNTDOWN 2:25 04 SPIRAL 6:02 05 SYEEDA’S SONG FLUTE 7:05 06 NAIMA 4:25 07 MR. P.C. 6:57 08 RISE ‘N’ SHINE 7:15* 09 I SEE YOUR FACE BEFORE ME 9:58* 10 IF THERE IS SOMEONE LOVELIER THAN YOU 9:21* 11 LITTLE MELONAE 14:05* Total Time: 78:14
JOHN COLTRANE, tenor sax on all tracks, with:
1-2, 5 & 7: Tommy Flanagan (p), Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor (d). New York, May 5, 1959.
3-4: Same personnel as above. New York, May 4, 1959.
6: Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d). New York, December 2, 1959.
*BONUS ALBUM: Settin’ the Pace
John Coltrane (ts), Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor (d).
Hackensack, New Jersey, March 26, 1958.