Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Wednesday’s Choice

Number 4 (Jazz) is John Coltrane’s Giant Steps.

Have a listen.


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5 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Choice

  1. I don’t pretend that my knowledge of jazz is by any means extensive, but this is a song I know and enjoy.


  2. Very glad to hear!

    To give you an idea of what I think of Coltrane, I need only say he is to jazz what Dylan is to rock…


    • Wow. That’s high praise indeed. I’m not as familiar with jazz as I’d like to be, but neither would it be fair to say I’m completely ignorant. I enjoy jazz, but I haven’t yet come to understand it to the degree where a song can really move me (that is, affect me to a degree beyond “liking it a lot”). The closest a jazz album has come is Miles Davis’ “Sketches of Spain” because it sounds so much to me like a spaghetti western (I realize the influence likely runs the other way).

      I was actually acquainted with a professional jazzman, James “Red” Holloway, who died last year or so. He was touring Europe up to the time of his death. Some great stories.


  3. I’d love to hear the stories of James “Red” Holloway when you have a chance.

    I’m not as familiar with Miles as I probably should be. The main reason being the trumpet has never done for me what the saxophone and piano do. Funnily enough Wynton Marsalis was the first jazz performer I saw in concert, and I did like the music I heard a lot.

    I’ll give a listen to Sketches of Spain and see what I make of it.


  4. Just heard it. Great music.


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