Giant Steps (album) by John Coltrane

Giant Steps
Giant Steps by John Coltrane
Year: 1960
Overall rank: 510th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 485 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1960 (1st)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1960s (62nd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (510th)
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John Coltrane bestography

Giant Steps is ranked 3rd best out of 74 albums by John Coltrane on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by John Coltrane is A Love Supreme which is ranked number 78 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 19,353.

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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 485 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 82.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.3.

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90/100
From 08/13/2019 12:53
The title track is awesome. The rest is good to really good.
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85/100
From 08/10/2019 18:26
Definitely more vamp and groove based than A Love Supreme, which makes it a more fun listen, but also more impersonal. I’d say they’re equally as good, depending on what you’re in the mood for.

I also have heard “Spiral” before, but who knows where. It’s always fun when you realize you already know something.
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95/100
From 07/08/2018 17:13
Absolutely amazing. I often can't choose between this and A Love Supreme. The changes on this are insane and really took modal jazz to its limits at the time.
Fav tracks: Giant Steps, Naima, Mr PC
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75/100
From 04/03/2018 23:56
Coltrane's on fire on this one! The other musicians are very groovey and I can say that Art Taylor and Paul Chambers are a contagious groove machine! Even though Coltrane tops them.
Tommy Flanagan does his part... don't get me wrong, he's good but playing with some mean players.
Overall a solid good record.
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Rating:  
90/100
From 03/03/2018 21:27
I love the majority of Coltrane's work before and after this album, but I've always found this one to be kinda grating and not really all that interesting except for the title track. Probably has something to do with the absence of Elvin and McCoy.
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85/100
From 04/27/2017 06:25
Whenever I play this at work, it makes everyone around me really happy. So, how could I ever hate an album like that?
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70/100
From 12/14/2016 21:50
I find this one somewhat overrated; it's a great album, but nowhere near as compelling as A Love Supreme or Blue Train. It is certainly a fun listen, and 'Trane's technique is on superb display, but it doesn't have quite the emotional connection for me as his greatest albums.
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95/100
From 09/19/2016 22:37
Fantastic Jazz album, this is one record to listen to when you're starting to get into the genre! Great fast-paced pieces like the title track, Spiral, and Cousin Mary proves how Jazz doesn't always have to be very relaxing and slow (Nothing wrong with that though).
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90/100
From 08/09/2016 23:24
One of John Coltrane's most energetic albums, his first to consist of entirety original material. Solid from start to finish, giant steps, is one of Coltrane's best records. Excellent.
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75/100
From 06/15/2016 02:49
Giant Steps is probably the best album of bop music ever recorded. It swings and Coltrane goes full out on this album. The tile track is appropriately named, given the large jumps he makes from note to note. "Mr P.C." is also great, but "Naima" is the best work on the album. It's a very emotional track, and Coltrane lays his feeling bare with his sax.
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Best Albums of 1960
1. Giant Steps by John Coltrane
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4. Blues & Roots by Charles Mingus
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