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.

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  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…

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  4. Just heard it. Great music.

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