Giant Steps (studio album) by John Coltrane

Giant Steps by John Coltrane
Year: 1960
Overall rank: 492nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 572 votes)
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John Coltrane bestography

Giant Steps is ranked 3rd best out of 76 albums by John Coltrane on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by John Coltrane is A Love Supreme which is ranked number 77 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 18,662.

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Average Rating: 
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.8/100, a mean average of 82.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.8.

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90/100
From 12/20/2021 18:57
Classic of the classics. The Giant Leaped.
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From 08/26/2021 20:26
John Coltrane is a beast, as always, but I've always liked to pay attention to the rhythm sections on albums with legendary performers (i.e. Jimi Hendrix Experience and Mitch Mitchell/Noel Redding) and Art Taylor & Paul Chambers are totally able to keep up with him, quite the duo. Not to diminish Coltrane's feats, he was really on a different level on this one.
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90/100
From 04/16/2021 00:53
I’m not even going to attempt to talk about something I know little about however I did listen to this album (twice) and I truly could appreciate the complexities of the notes within each track

Giving this one a 90/100 based on research which reliably informs me this is a landmark release in the jazz gene
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75/100
From 12/13/2020 11:51
A good listen. I can appreciate some of the complexity of what's going on, but not enough to understand its elevated position in the jazz canon.
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From 11/11/2020 13:25
Obra-prima espetacular do bebop. Que viagem ritmica!
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85/100
From 09/24/2020 00:09
The title track and 'Spiral' are absolute masterpieces. The rest of the tracks are generally pretty great as well. This release often gets overshadowed by Coltrane's iconic album 'A Love Supreme', but this record really stands on it's own as a great piece of work.
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From 09/12/2020 13:46
Giant Steps wasn't much of a standout to me upon my first listen or two, but in the midst of a bit of a personal Coltrane renaissance, this record is coming out as a brand new work. Even in what could (and really should) be considered a more traditional jazz setting compared to the likes of the superb A Love Supreme, and especially to the boundaryless records like Om or Cosmic Music, we still see Coltrane breaking barriers, and performing with immaculate virtuosity and cleanliness along with a stellar non-classic quartet lineup.

If you're looking for masterful melodicism in crafty jazz music, it is hard to recommend something before Giant Steps, a beautiful piece and one of jazz music's most important albums.
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75/100
From 08/13/2019 12:53
The title track is awesome. The rest is good to really good.
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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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