Hadrien Feraud: Giant Steps

Track

Giant Steps

Artist

Hadrien Feraud (bass, cardboard, cell phone, noises, voices)

CD

Hadrien Feraud (FDM 46050369072)

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Musicians:

Hadrien Feraud (bass, cardboard, cell phone, noises, voices),

Linley Marthe (bass, whisky, laughs)

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Composed by John Coltrane

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Recorded: Paris, April 2006

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The instrument credits alone should give you a clear indication that this is not going to sound anything like your father's "Giant Steps."  Rising star French jazz bassist Hadrien Feraud is our captain for this futuristic space ride. This version of Coltrane's classic is put forth by two bassists. Feraud and Linley Marthe play the lead and the famous changes with the skill required of such a challenging composition. Soon their voices become barely audible in a cacophony of voice and music samples, sound effects, noises and various and sundry curiosities. I heard Elvis twice.

I have two ways to describe what hearing this music is like. Pick your favorite:

  1)  Late at night listen to the radio. Find "Giant Steps" being played. This may be difficult because there
       are hardly any jazz stations left. But should you succeed, turn the station dial back and forth really fast
       so that you can hear bits of the song and 20 other stations all at the same time.

  2)  Buy a small radio receiver. Commandeer a spaceship. Fly as far away as you can. Turn on the radio
       and try to pick up all of the radio and TV signals that have ever left earth and continue to exist forever
       in deep space. Say "Hi" to Carl Sagan.

You know what they say about the future, don't you? It is now.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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  • 1 Kerstin // Jun 22, 2008 at 12:05 PM
    wow, what a brilliant description!! OK, a genius musician needs a genius music critic.