A new re-issue of John Coltrane’s acclaimed album Giant Steps has been announced to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Giant Steps was Coltrane’s debut with Atlantic Records as a bandleader, recorded just after working with Miles Davis on his iconic album Kind of Blue. The reissues will encompass two versions—a deluxe edition that includes remastered audio and eight alternate takes, and a super deluxe edition with 20 additional outtakes.
“People like to talk about Giant Steps as a test for young horn players and how he’s breaking new ground with some of the pieces,” Coltrane’s son Ravi Coltrane detailed in a statement. “But it’s the accessibility that stands out for me. The accessibility, despite how challenging some of the material is. It’s still all very listenable and very joyful. John’s music is a joy to study and to play. It’s a joy to listen to.”
The saxophonist recorded Giant Steps for the most part as a quartet consisting of double bassist Paul Chambers, Art Taylor on drums and pianist Tommy Flanagan. “Naima” is the exception, with drummer Jimmy Cobb and pianist Wynton Kelly stepping in to complete the track.
Giant Steps’ 60th anniversary reissues follow two 2019 Coltrane releases: the album Blue World and a box set of his 1958 Prestige Records output. The reissues will be released on September 18. Watch the trailer below:
And preview the reissues with the newly remastered version of “Naima” here: