Coltrane, John – 1959 – 1961 - Period with Atlantic Records, Giant Steps
Type of Spiritual Experience
At the end of his period with the Miles Davis sextet, Coltrane recorded his first album as leader for Atlantic Records, Giant Steps (1959), which contained only his compositions. The album's title track is generally considered to have the most complex and difficult chord progression of any widely played jazz composition. Giant Steps utilizes Coltrane changes. His development of these altered chord progression cycles led to further experimentation with improvised melody and harmony that he continued throughout his career.