Music fans of all genres will certainly not contest Pitcfork’s statement that John Coltrane’s Giant Steps is one of the most important albums in American music history.
That album from 1960 marks the first time that Coltrane came up with an album comprised solely of his compositions. At the same time, its title track has its guaranteed place as one of the essential jazz compositions.
To mark the 60th anniversary, Rhino Records is coming up with two special reissues slated for September 18, 2020, release. These special editions will be available in digital, vinyl and CD format.
One of these will be a deluxe one and will feature a remastered audio album and eight alternate takes. A super deluxe edition will differ in the fact that instead of eight, it will have 20 additional tracks.
In a press release, Coltrane’s son Ravi, an established jazzman himself, says that “people like to talk about Giant Steps as a test for young horn players and how he’s breaking new ground with some of the pieces. But it’s the accessibility that stands out for me. The accessibility, despite how challenging some of the material is. It’s still all very listenable and very joyful. John’s music is a joy to study and to play. It’s a joy to listen to.”
Actually, the album is completely comprised of what are now considered jazz classics, including “Naima,” yet another Coltrane standard, of which you can hear the remastered version below.