John Coltrane - Giant Steps Poll

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I like the Boo Radleys album named after this album but it seems wrong to have a poll thread for that and not this too

Poll Results

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"Naima" – 4:21 8
"Giant Steps" – 4:43 7
"Syeeda's Song Flute" – 7:00 5
"Spiral" – 5:56 1
"Cousin Mary" – 5:45 0
"Countdown" – 2:21 0
"Mr. P.C." – 6:57 0


waka yoga flame (some dude), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:43 (nine years ago) link

"Naima"? Dunno, have to think about this.

STFU Alumni (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:45 (nine years ago) link

yeah same here...i put the CD in my car last week to listen to it for the first time in a while but haven't put it on yet.

waka yoga flame (some dude), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:47 (nine years ago) link

one day i'll listen to this. did martin carr name his album after this?

dog latin, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:47 (nine years ago) link

that's what i've always read, and it's said in wikipedia so it must be so

waka yoga flame (some dude), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:49 (nine years ago) link

"Naima" without thinking.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:51 (nine years ago) link

"Mr. PC" without thinking.

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:56 (nine years ago) link

To be honest I have a hard time separating this version of "Naima" from the later live ones with Dolphy. I probably listen to boots from the expanded quartet more than any canonical 'Trane and they make the song transcendent.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 15:00 (nine years ago) link

title track, easy. has to be like top 5 chord progressions ever

im on the moon btw (The Reverend), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 15:03 (nine years ago) link

Album is pretty solid throughout, isn't it? "Naima" is incredible -- though I agree with EZ, the versions w/ Dolphy might be better. Love "Syeeda's Song Flute," too ... Hmmm!

tylerw, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 15:23 (nine years ago) link

more of an impulse trane guy than an atlantic trane guy, but voted the title track

the boo radleys, what a fuckin nerve

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 15:31 (nine years ago) link

are there other examples of alt-rock bands brazenly borrowing jazz album titles? There's "This Is Our Music" by Galaxie 500 ... one more and it was a trend!

tylerw, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 15:36 (nine years ago) link

"Giant Steps," easy. One of my all time favorites, though I'm not really into the rest of the album.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 16:05 (nine years ago) link

are there other examples of alt-rock bands brazenly borrowing jazz album titles? There's "This Is Our Music" by Galaxie 500 ... one more and it was a trend!

― tylerw, Tuesday, March 2, 2010 10:36 AM Bookmark

The Shape of Punk to Come by Refused. We should do a thread maybe?

pithfork (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:06 (nine years ago) link

btw what band did an album called Giant Steps?

pithfork (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:07 (nine years ago) link

Syeeda's Song Flute. then Spiral, then title track

Dominique, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:15 (nine years ago) link

Naima edges out the title track for me.

Brad C., Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:28 (nine years ago) link

john mayer, 'room for squares'

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:59 (nine years ago) link

i don't know if any of the many albums titled Something Else or Somethin' Else is an homage to Ornette Coleman or Cannonball Adderly

waka yoga flame (some dude), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:01 (nine years ago) link

title track. mike brecker doing naima solo on "directions in music" is the best naima.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:21 (nine years ago) link

can't decide between naima and syeeda

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:31 (nine years ago) link

there are definitely a ton of great versions of "Naima," befitting its status as a standard, but let's not overlook the fact that the version on this album is pretty much perfect and the foundation all others were built on

waka yoga flame (some dude), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:40 (nine years ago) link

but giant steps, countdown, and every other song is dope too.

xp

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:41 (nine years ago) link

Should be noted that some people have pointed out that a similar idea to the "Giant Steps" chord progression was used by Duke Ellington in "Blue Rose," which is the title cut of an album Duke did with Rosemary Clooney.

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 19:19 (nine years ago) link

decided to go for the underdog and vote for "Syeeda's Song Flute," which feels like the most playful song on the album to me but also has so many amazing things going on in it

Krusty Burgerizer (some dude), Monday, 8 March 2010 08:07 (nine years ago) link

naima naima naima

tho prob colored by other versions just as EZ admits above, including, in fact, especially, the Live at the Village Vanguard Again! version which was a big cut for a certain circle of mine of a certain time.

zvookster, Monday, 8 March 2010 08:28 (nine years ago) link

^^^yeah, that version's epic!

Title cut and "Naima" are kinda too obvious, so I'm gonna go with "Spiral", just 'cause I like that downward-spiralling melody. (Hm, just now noticing how every title is either musically self-descriptive or named after a relative/bandmate.)

Ceci n'est pas une display name (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 8 March 2010 16:00 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 00:01 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 00:01 (nine years ago) link

Not in my Top 10 Coltrane albums, but a very good album. Voted Naima.

Mark, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 00:57 (nine years ago) link

wow, never saw these results, surprisingly good showing for "Syeeda"!

some dude, Monday, 15 March 2010 16:00 (nine years ago) link

yeah, i love that song ... this poll had me pull out the Atlantic Recordings box. Even though I listen more to the Impulse years, there is a ridiculous amount of great music on there. The only dud I think is the session he did with Ornette's band -- a good idea, but it sounds off for some reason.

tylerw, Monday, 15 March 2010 16:07 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

Title cut and "Naima" are kinda too obvious

there's a reason obvious shit is obvious

j., Monday, 2 December 2019 03:07 (one week ago) link

Assume you know the story about Paul Erdős, or maybe if was Halmos, probably the former.

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 December 2019 03:12 (one week ago) link

Unless it was Wolfgang Pauli, or G.H. Hardy, or Walter Rudin! https://hsm.stackexchange.com/questions/7247/in-a-popular-anecdote-who-took-20-minutes-to-decide-that-a-thing-was-obvious

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 December 2019 03:18 (one week ago) link

Countdown is just long solo, iirc. Was this the first time he did this?

fetter, Monday, 2 December 2019 12:22 (one week ago) link

I listen to this album a lot now. I listened to it the other day. Not sure what I'd vote for. Spiral maybe?

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 2 December 2019 14:15 (one week ago) link

looks like I forgot to vote

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 December 2019 14:22 (one week ago) link


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