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This review is from: Giant Steps (Audio CD)
A reviewer cannily called this "be-bop x10". I have to add +1 to that statement, there's (unfortunately) only ever been the one John Coltrane-nobody but nobody ever, regardless of instrument or genre has ever showed such complete mastery of their instrument in a "solo" context. Miles (in jazz circles) is ultimately & rightfully known to be the master for manifold reasons but nobody, even bird, coleman hawkins, sonny, diz or the master himself has ever displayed virtuosity quite like "trane".
This album marks the peak of this man's recorded prowess, yes, a love supreme is truly a supreme recording but for me, actually serves as a bookmark that pairs with this record. giant steps marks the beginning of coltrane's absolute peak of perfection & the impulse recording serves as the last truly great statement made by the man.
What an incredible couple of months april & may of 1959 turned out to be in the history of music! "trane" revolutionising, indeed re-inventing what could be done with an instrument as a solo voice with miles on kinda blue as miles turned jazz on it's head & then putting the pedal to the metal & blowing away everybody who thought they could still stun with ultra fast, slick be-bop principles despite miles having just provided an alternative expression, by making this album!
If you consider yourself a virtuoso on your instrument then you must have studied this album, if you're a discerning music listener please don't be put off because the melodies are strong, the grooves are hypnotic, the band are empathetic & inspired & you shouldn't believe the older reviewers who call it difficult listening.
If you appreciate great music & don't possess this album, whatever your taste, open your mind NOW.