Giant Steps (composition)
|Composition by John Coltrane|
|from the album Giant Steps|
|Genre||Jazz, hard bop|
John Coltrane named "Giant Steps" after its bass line. He stated that "the bass line is kind of a loping one. It goes from minor thirds to fourths, kind of a lop-sided pattern in contrast to moving strictly in fourths or in half-steps. This was done after his studies on the circle of fifths. This song is a prominent use of the Coltrane changes."
It took two recording sessions two months apart before John Coltrane was willing to release his original rendition of "Giant Steps" to the public. He was to said to have worked out in advance melodic patterns which he deployed during his recording.
From beginning to end, "Giant Steps" follows alternating modulations of major third and augmented fifth intervals. Its structure primarily contains II – V – I harmonic progressions (often with chord substitutions) circulating in thirds.  The chords and patterns in "Giant Steps" reflect those found in Coltrane's composition entitled "Central Park West" and his version of the Gershwins' song, "But Not For Me."
"Giant Steps" is usually played in a 'fast swing' style.
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