* A remastered, deluxe 180g 2-LP, each with the original album plus a bonus disc of alternate takes and versions – including rehearsal and incomplete tracks, as well as False Starts – only previously included in The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane boxed set. 2-LP configuration features a 12” x 12” 12pp booklet, packaged in a replica of the original 1969 stereo pressing, with a 12” x 12” album cover insert included * John Coltrane is one of the most renowned jazz artists and influential saxophonists in music history. Within the span of less than three weeks, John Coltrane completed his work with Miles Davis on what would become the bestselling jazz title in history (Kind of Blue) and embarked on his first record with Atlantic that would become the landmark recording Giant Steps. 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of Giant Steps, selected by the Library of Congress in 2004 to be added to the National Recording Registry. Giant Steps attained U.S. gold record status in 2018, with over 500,000 units sold.
Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! Great 2LP version – with a completely new mastering of the record, bonus notes, and a full set of unreleased outtakes and alternates.