Friday, June 21, 2013

John Coltrane....Giant Steps expanded edition

Released in January 1960, John Coltrane's first album devoted entirely to his own compositions confirmed his towering command of tenor saxophone and his emerging power as a composer. Apprenticeships with Dizzy, Miles, and Monk had helped focus his furious, expansive solos, and his stamina and underlying sense of harmonic adventure brought Coltrane, at 33, to a new cusp--the polytonal "sheets of sound" that distinguished his marathon solos were offset by interludes of subtle, concise lyricism, embodied here in the tender "Naima." That classic ballad is a calm refuge from the ecstatic, high-speed runs that spark the set's up-tempo climaxes, which begin with the opening title song, itself a cornerstone of modern jazz composition. This exemplary reissue benefits from eight alternate takes of the original album's seven stellar tracks, excellent remastering of the original tapes, and an expanded annotation. --Sam Sutherland (Amazon review)

 1. Giant Steps 4:45
 2. Cousin Mary 5:49
 3. Countdown 2:24
 4. Spiral 5:59
 5. Syeeda's Song Flute 7:03
 6. Naima 4:22
 7. Mr. P.C. 6:59
 8. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 1, Incomplete) 4:43
 9. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 1, Incomplete) 3:20
10. Cousin Mary (Alternate Take) 5:47
11. Countdown 4:35
12. Syeeda's Song Flute (Alternate Take) 7:07
13. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 2, False Start) 0:14
14. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 2, False Start) 3:24 $1.29
15. Giant Steps (Alternate Take)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Malta Jazz Festival 23rd Edition 2013 Thurs.18th to Sat 20th.July Grand Harbour Valletta

This years' Malta Jazz Festival promises to be another must attend event. With both local and international performers on the bill, this is now becoming an essential on the European Jazz calendar. With the stunning backdrop of the heritage listed city of Valletta and its magnificent Grand Harbour, not to mention the beautiful Mediterranean location and climate, this is an event not to be missed. For more details go to: