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5.0 out of 5 stars Giant Steps - Atlantic Masters with alternate takes and alternate versions, 29 May 2010
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This review is from: Giant Steps (Audio CD)
This review is about the 2002 Atlantic Masters version with 8 bonus tracks of Giant Steps by John Coltrane, album originally released in January 1960. The bonus tracks are 4 alternate takes (alternative recordings of the pieces included in the original album and performed by the same lineup) and 4 alternate versions (alternative recordings of the pieces included in the original album but performed by a different lineup). Here are more details:

Recordings March 26, 1959
John Coltrane (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Lex Humphries (drums)
Giant Steps (alternate version 1)
Naima (alternate version 1)
Giant Steps (alternate version 2)
Naima (alternate version 2)

Recordings May 4 and 5, 1959
John Coltrane (tenor sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Taylor (drums)
Giant Steps (original album)
Cousin Mary (original album)
Countdown (original album)
Spiral (original album)
Syeeda's Song Flute (original album)
Mr. P.C. (original album)
Cousin Mary (alternate take)
Countdown (alternate take)
Syeeda's Song Flute (alternate take)
Giant Steps (alternate take)

Recordings December 2, 1959
John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)
Naima (original album)

Observe that the March sessions were not used in the album, Giant Steps and the other compositions (except Naima) were re-recorded in May changing pianist and drummer. Nearly seven months later Naima was re-recorded for the third time with the rhythm section from Miles Davis Kind of Blue (Kelly, Chambers, Cobb). So what you have in this Atlantic Masters version is the possibility to live the history that lead to the final album version of Giant Steps. Plus you can fully enjoy a very good and natural re-mastered sound, much better than the previous CD release.

A totally worth upgrade if you have the older CD releases and a must if you love jazz and still do not have this masterpiece.
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