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THE song of the day is “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane

John Coltrane: The Man

Born September 23, 1926 in North Carolina.

Began his career in bebop and hard bop and later blazed the trail for free jazz, which can be seen in “Giant Steps” with Coltrane’s quick fingers during his solo.

Worked with all the legendary jazz musicians: Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and on and on.

Specifically regarding this song, allmusic Biography says that “the album’s title track is generally considered to have the most complex and difficult chord progression of any widely-played jazz composition. Giant Steps utilizes Coltrane changes, a concept developed initially on Blue Train and featured most notably on the song “Moment’s Notice”. His development of these altered chord progression cycles led to further experimentation with improvised melody and harmony that he would continue throughout his career.”

And the reason this song is THE song of the day:  look at this guy’s eyes.  There is something nearly indescribable there.  It’s something that I woudn’t even want to try to label or define.  It’s just his.  His own.  His songs, and particularly this one, have a playfulness that makes it stick.  It’s a song I wake up with stuck in my head.  And there are no words!  It’s an infectious tune that floats effortlessly, but also pulls the listener along.  It’s just straight up good.

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