John Coltrane, Giant Steps Mono Remaster LP
Fully Remastered in Glorious Mono!
While John Coltrane first gained attention for his revolutionary 'sheets of sound' technique, it was the deep spirituality of his music that really made his recordings as a bandleader such classics. The albums Coltrane recorded for Atlantic in 1959 and 1960 represent the heart of his unparalleled legacy. The John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years In Mono box set gave fans a glimpse into how Coltrane's music first appeared to dedicated listeners through the '60s. Now the remastered mono editions of the sets' Giant Steps (1960), Bags & Trane (1961), Ole Coltrane (1962), Coltrane Plays The Blues (1962) and The Avant Garde (1966) will be available individually.
When these recordings first made it to the retail shelves, a majority of consumers were taking the discs home and listening to them on equipment that played the music monaurally. Commercial stereo releases first began to appear in 1958 - meaning that all of Coltrane's Atlantic recordings were released simultaneously in both mono and stereo formats. By '68 the label began to phase out mono releases altogether. Musical preferences are always subjective, yet the value of John Coltrane's mono recordings far exceed musical nostalgia; they offer historical validity, the same aural experience that greeted fans when these albums were first released.
1959's Giant Steps may have been Trane's fifth album as leader, but it was the first one that really made an impact within the jazz community. It was also his first album for Atlantic and the fact that it was released on a major label rather than Prestige, which was known almost entirely as a jazz label, probably didn't hurt its chances at being heard by a larger audience either. There's also big names all over the credits on Giant Steps: the album was produced by Nesuhi Ertegun, engineered by Tom Dowd, featured piano from Tommy Flanagan and Wynton Kelly, drums by Art Taylor and Jimmy Cobb, and bass by Paul Chambers.
In addition to the title track, which has come to be recognized as a jazz classic (like basically every song on the album), there was also a hint of jazz to come with the track "Naima," which featured Kelly and Cobb, who – along with Chambers – were the predominant players on his next album, Coltrane Jazz.