John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ – The most feared song in jazz, explained

John Coltrane, one of jazz history’s most revered saxophonists, released ‘Giant Steps‘ in 1959. It’s known across the jazz world as one of the most challenging compositions to improvise over for two reasons – it’s fast and it’s in three keys. Braxton Cook and Adam Neely give me a crash course in music theory to help me understand this notoriously difficult song, and I’m bringing you along for the ride. Even if you don’t understand a lick of music theory, you’ll likely walk away with an appreciation for this musical puzzle. 

Male-Female Duos of the 1950s and 1960s

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Les Paul and Mary Ford – Mockin’ Bird Hill (1951), How High the Moon (1951), The World is Waiting for the Sunrise (1951), Tiger Rag (1951), Bye Bye Blues (1953), Vaya Con Dios (1953)
Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe (1965), Baby Don’t Go (1965), Little Man (1966), The Beat Goes On (1967)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967), Your Precious Love (1967), Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (1968), You’re All I Need to Get By (1968)
Ike & Tina Turner – A Fool in Love (1960), I Idolize You (1960), It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (1961), Poor Fool (1962), Tra La La La La (1962)
Peaches and Herb – Let’s Fall in Love (1967), Close Your Eyes (1967), Love is Strange (1967)
Nino Tempo & April Stevens – Deep Purple (1963), Whispering (1963), All Strung Out (1966)
Mickey & Sylvia – Love is Strange (1957), There Ought To Be a Law (1957), What Would I Do (1960)

Shirley and Lee – I’m Gone (1952), Feel So Good (1955), Let the Good Times Roll (1956), I Feel Good (1956)
Inez and Charlie Foxx – Mockingbird (1963), (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count The Days (1967)