The most feared song in jazz, explained

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  • Published on:  Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Making sense of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps."

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    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.

    Braxton Cook: https://www.braxtoncook.com/
    Adam Neely: https://www.youtube.com/adamneely

    Note: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.
    Previous headline: Jazz Deconstructed: John Coltrane's "Giant Steps"

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  • Vox

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  • Kevin Ortiz

    Kevin Ortiz

     52 minutes ago

    they’re acting like sax on the beach by bleeding gums murphy exists 😤😤

  • مَن أنّا

    مَن أنّا

     5 hours ago

    So jazz maker was black...




    I’m sister shocked 😳

  • Tameri Harding

    Tameri Harding

     10 hours ago

    Okay..but what editing software do y’all use?!

  • not a pesky bee no

    not a pesky bee no

     19 hours ago

    that alto sax looks huge on that man omg. for me, that’s like the size of my baritone

  • Kurt Rueckel

    Kurt Rueckel

     yesterday

    Super duper job

  • Finn O’Rourke

    Finn O’Rourke

     2 days ago

    Ok so everyone who doesn’t know what bpm is, it’s beats per minute. A beat last one crotchet, so if a song had a tempo of 60 a beat would last a second. With a tempo of 300 a crotchet would be 0.2 seconds.

  • LoinclothRising

    LoinclothRising

     2 days ago

    Thank you GTA IV radio for introducing me to this gem of a song.

  • Muhammad Afiq

    Muhammad Afiq

     2 days ago

    Dread it, run from it, Jazz still arrives

  • None Ya Business

    None Ya Business

     2 days ago +1

    HI CULTURE VULTURES!!! DID YOU STEAL ENOUGH OF MY HERITAGE ON THIS VIDEO GO AROUND. HAPPY STEALING, YOU WILL NEVER GET IT AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE AN UNINVITED GUEST... :)

  • rjfear

    rjfear

     3 days ago

    Wow, people, you are so completely wrong.

  • Michael Sampson Sweeney

    Michael Sampson Sweeney

     3 days ago

    I really like your presentation but, I don't agree with dissing Tommy Flanagan's solo to make your point. That was simply Tommy's style and that was Trane's style. The tune speaks for itself.

  • mBabe

    mBabe

     3 days ago

    The moment you realize music is more difficult than coding.

  • Inverness K

    Inverness K

     3 days ago

    Amazing, thanks! Jazz is always a lovely thing.

  • Austin Martín Hernández

    Austin Martín Hernández

     3 days ago +1

    meanwhile today we got songs using just a C F and G cord.

  • Austin Martín Hernández

    Austin Martín Hernández

     3 days ago

    just a musician here criticizing the video

  • 23rfwrgwhg 1234

    23rfwrgwhg 1234

     3 days ago

    0:31 How people on drugs play the saxophone.

  • Murr4y

    Murr4y

     4 days ago

    5:26 he flipped us off

  • Mk Belandino

    Mk Belandino

     4 days ago

    Okay i got a new information today about jazz and i even search for a lot of sample just to get this deeply. Then i realize i will not get a conversation about this to any of my friends. But yeah worth watching. Love Jazz!

  • Yuri Morroni

    Yuri Morroni

     4 days ago

    I love you, Vox!