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Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

A Giant Step Forward - maybe

Coltrane's Giant Steps is, to put it simply, the finest modern jazz album ever issued. I love my Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Sonny Rollins - even  Miles' jazz albums - like a mother loves her kids but, Giant Steps is so much more. It is the definitive tenor/soprano saxophone album. Show me the man who can better Trane's solo on the title track then I will crown him Count, Duke, Earl, King, President, Sir - and that's just for starters!


So, when them upstairs announced the issue of a super-duper 60 year anniversary set of double CDs/LPs with lots of alternative takes I thought, do I need this? I decided that I didn't! I'm sure it will all be wonderful - even the uncompleted tracks. It's a bit like paying to hear someone practising.

I've got albums of alternative takes by Parker and others and I don't recall where one was better than the issued version.

Nevertheless, I guess those who must have everything, warts and all, will want it. Me, I'll just set the speed to 33 and lower the record arm to find the groove on my original piece of Atlantic vinyl and then sit back and relax without even wondering if he had done it any better on another take.
Lance

2 comments :

Steve T said...

I'll be living with the Heavyweight Champion Box Set. I like most of John Coltrane's stuff; even the often excessively esoteric stuff of the last two or three years. Mostly I like the middle period, between Giant Steps and Love Supreme: Coltrane Jazz and Sound, My Favourite Things and Impressions (mostly the title tracks)but my favourites are Coltrane (on impulse) and especially Africa/ Brass.

John Hudson (on F/b) said...

I'll stick to the original.....a big part of my history....

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