Sunday, August 16, 2009

And some things are...

Sometimes people call a thing timeless and my mind questions it. Disco Inferno, not timeless. The Deep, not timeless. Swashbuckler, not timeless.

Giant Steps, timeless. Not only the title track, but every minute otherwise. What more can you say about a session that also included Naima, a ballad to define the term, Mr. P.C. and Syeeda's Flute Song, all of them, well, timeless.

One thing I never noticed before, Coltrane used three different pianists and drummers in the course of recording this music. I think that's indicative of two things that contribute to making this such a notable session: 1) the force of his vision and 2) the steady anchor of Paul Chambers on bass. Timeless!

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