Talk:Giant Steps

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Different versions[edit]

The article needs to take into account and discuss the different versions of the album that have been released over the years. The current page is based on the inital CD release, which is not current with newer re-releases by Rhino. --Viriditas | Talk 02:42, 2 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Rhino? The only special thing that release has is additional alternate takes. I think it's more important to establish the contents of the original LP release, and the subsequent Atlantic CD release. I'll get around to it. - mako 22:02, 22 Mar 2005 (UTC)
I wasn't arguing the importance of such an addition. Simply put, this is a request for content on version history. The history should include mention of the original release; the standard, remastered CD release (Atlantic, October 25, 1990) which includes five bonus tracks, currently listed in the article; Giant Steps - Gold (Mobile Fidelity, July 12, 1994); remastered, new liner notes, total of five bonus tracks, two additional alternate takes of "Giant Steps" and a second alternate take of "Naima" on Giant Steps - Deluxe Edition (Rhino Records, March 3, 1998); two versions (possibly identical as limited edition reissues) of The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane - Box Set (Rhino Records, August 15, 1995 and Year 2000 Second Edition Box Set); three-disc pack (appears to be deluxe edition), Legendary Jazz (Rhino, 1998). --Viriditas | Talk 04:29, 23 Mar 2005 (UTC)
With all those different releases, I see your point. It might take quite a bit of digging around for info. - mako 05:12, 24 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Since The Heavyweight Champion is one of those "complete Atlantic recordings" type box sets, it doesn't belong in the versions. Anyway it's given a mention in the tracks. The Legendary Jazz doesn't belong either, as it's a compilation containing what appears to be the standard CD release, along with Mingus and Roland Kirk albums and a Rhino sampler. The Mobile Fidelity cover suggests it's the standard CD release, but as a Gold CD it should be mentioned. - mako 06:38, 24 Mar 2005 (UTC)


Despite the year it came out, this song is not hard bop. It's bebop. In fact, it's unmistakable bebop. Considering that many people take Wikipedia to be canonical, this really needs to get fixed -- in fact, this might be a canonical bebop tune. Sliver (talk) 23:48, 5 February 2013 (UTC)


Hey I removed this, I'm not coming back here I was a jazz major I disagree with this sentence and the citation hasn't been added for years.

The ability to play over the Giant Steps cycle remains to this day one of the benchmark standards by which a jazz musician's improvising skill is measured.{{Citation needed|date=August 2011}}

If anything needs to be done email me. Burnedfaceless (talk) 19:28, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

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Assessment comment[edit]

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Please be gentle, this is my first time... Giant Steps was a ground breaking album in the Jazz genre. Many musicians cover songs on this album and it is considered a quintessential example of the "Coltrane Sound." ---Joelotz (talk) 04:54, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Agreed Joelotz! But the article is missing some things before it's a B.

  • Green tickY All the start class criteria
  • Green tickY A completed infobox, including cover art and most technical details
  • Green tickY At least one section of prose (excluding the lead section)
  • Red XN A track listing containing track lengths and authors for all songs
  • Red XN A full list of personnel, including technical personnel and guest musicians
The Article lacks songwriter credits and staff information. This can be found on allmusic or the albums linear notes. In the meantime, I'm moving this down to a Start class.Andrzejbanas (talk) 01:10, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Last edited at 01:10, 26 June 2008 (UTC). Substituted at 16:14, 29 April 2016 (UTC)