The most feared song in jazz, explained

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Helmet : A big shout out to the animator! Brilliant work.

Henrik Johannessen : Jazz: 3500 chords, 3 people in the audience Rock: 3 chords, 3500 people in the audience

Cody Stinson : So, Is Giant Steps the Dark Souls of Jazz?

What the Fook? : I have understood 0% and enjoyed 100%

Young Paderewski : " Coltrane was somethin.' " Miles Davis

Adam Neely : Thanks for having me!

Dhruv Shah : Not quite my tempo.

Movie Games : I guess i'll never understand jazz. Just sounds like he's randomly slamming as many different buttons as he can as fast as he can.

LazlosPlane : This is what makes me nuts about Jazz musicians versus the classical theorist/musician. These are NOT modulations, they are simply chord changes. Changing chords, no matter how unpredictable, does not mean changing keys, dammit. You are improvising ON chords, not IN KEYS. At best, you may call them "Parenthetical Modulations." Or, "Passing Modulations." AT most. Love this piece, by the way. Was turned on to Coltrane by my JHS music teacher, Garrett Morris ("baseball been berry berry good to me,") in 1967. Peace.

pknm : 5:20 i’ve been playing tyler the creator’s “boredom” on piano and just noticed it has that progression, cool

NihilisticEntropy : Protip: Make sure the Sax and the Piano are in the same key.

nemo227 : I don't understand the term "most feared song in jazz". Jazz musicians LOVE to play new tunes, new phrases, new musical structures. They love to live with certain chord changes, key changes, rhythms, instrument combinations. They love to live with it, play it fast, slow, play it forward or backward, and make it their own. I would never use the word "fear" when talking about music.

EvolutionAutocrosser : I thought the most feared song in jazz was Whiplash. Especially if you are the drummer because if you are not right on the band conductor's tempo, he will throw a crash cymbal at your head.

Anton K : I don't think you're giving Mr.Flannagan enough credit. I think he made a conscious choice with the style he played, the only other chordal instrument in the arrangement, he played his changes is stark contrast to Coltrane.

insaneintherainmusic : This is the best Earworm episode yet. Everything was explained so well and the visuals are top notch as well. Thanks for spreading Coltrane's innovations!

Crowned : The G Major Triad does not have any tension in it as demonstrated in this video. If you put in the natural (Dominant) 7 - then it does have tension to resolve. Come on guys. Listen to it.

Paul Drennan : On this recording Tommy Flanagan put down one of the greatest chord solos of all time. Simply beautiful!

TheMarrification : I didn't understand any of that. Total gobbledygook to me

Kylie Brokamp : No one else see that pentagram?

hey its me jop : *me at the start of this video* "Oh, giant steps, haha - wouldn't if be funny if they brought in adam neely?"

NJbakintheday : I LOVE music. In fact, while I listen to some more than others, there are very few genres of music I don't like. Sigh... I wish I'd stuck with my flute in 5th grade instead of abandoning it altogether. My daughter is a cellist, now studying music and business in college, and I always told her that loving music the way I do without being able to read it, play it, or understand its composition is very frustrating. It's like trying to speak without knowing proper sentence structure or without having a vocabulary. I can't tell you how many times she's tried to explain music concepts to me (notes, keys, chord changes, etc...). It usually just goes over my head. I guess it's also hard to explain musical things with words alone, though. Keep doing what you're doing! I love hearing musicians talk about music (and in this case illustrate too).

zelipapa84 : Sometimes Jazz music seems to be complicated just for the sake of it

jazzdrummer8 : Coltrane was not the innovator of these changes. This kind of progression goes back to the bridge of "Have You Met Miss Jones?"-- a jazz standard written in 1937 by Rogers and Hart.

swagat sharma : Thats the same theory with Indian clsssical music. A percussionist always reaches the end beat but he can change the route and speed to be there.

Versaucey : *(jazz music stops)*

Muad'dib : People are really comparing complexity of rock to complexity of jazz without mentioning progressive rock. I guess they have never heard of it. If you want really complex rock, listen to King Crimson, ELP, YES, Genesis, VDGG, Gentle Giant, Rush, Jethro Tull and many, many more. THESE are what true rock sounds like.

evidenceunseen1 : Out of SPIRITUALS, came the GOSPELS that fashioned RHYTHM and BLUES, who had a baby and called it JAZZ. Of JAZZ came SOUL and FUNK, of which was born ROCK and ROLL. Their offspring HIP and HOP (hopefully) will complete the CIRCLE of FIFTHS and lead us back to be joined with the TRUE SPIRIT of SOUND called the --- "HIGHER SPHERES".

Rhys Miguel -the 3rd- : what about whiplash? everytime i hear it it reminds me of fletcher

Phryne Mnesarete : oh damn... braxton is finer than powdered sugar

The NBA Storyteller - THE END : Suggestion: after all that learning, maybe you can bring the song back and let us hear it and appreciate a idk 20sec snippet with our new knowledge - I know we got a good chunk in the first chapter - and i did just click back to hear the tommy flaningan part, but it would be nice if the payoff was built into the end of the actual video. great lesson regardless.

Matt : The whole tune is lifted from Slomnimsky’s thesaurus of scales and melodic patterns, the harmonic pattern and melody from different parts yes a it was smart to apply it but it’s a shame this is almost always overlooked, and a similar sequence in have you met miss jones bridge, undoubtedly Coltrane was a genius but it didn’t come out of thin air.

Johnny GutierrezTrumpet : The most feared song in jazz would be the one that is most requested.

Brandon Gilbrech : I respectfully disagree with your conclusion about the piano solo. It seems to me that he decided, as the only chordal instrument, to continue to establish the chords in each bar, and then use passing tones to get to the next chord in the sequence. He could have easily chosen to not play the chords and just run from note to note, but that would have sounded too much like the saxophone run. I think where you see incompetence it was just a choice. Additionally, they were probably playing to a four track, if he had the opportunity to play just the chords, and a solo onto another track, he probably could or would have. I think you're doing the man a little dirty, unless he specifically has said that he was run around by the solo. Other pieces by Tommy Flanagan have a very similar style, Coltrane would have known, when he hired the dude, what he was going to get. Give the professional some credit.

Boggesh Zahim : This makes me want to snort some reefer and crash my Cadillac into a casino

Harry li : Who else LOVES vox earworm.

Zach Lakkis : Chad was here, is still here, and is not leaving anytime soon

Lofi Meka : nice and interesting.. it aint got a thing if it aint got a swing!

Labrafington Multi-Media : Just curious, do lots of youngsters think jazz is ... you know, lit af?

Cyrbon ._. : 3:26 Please be curteous and silence all cellphones

Godless Voice : You did a really great job on summarizing that. I for one can confirm that a drunk that knows nothing of Music completely understood what was explained... kudos

vova47 : Richard Rogers thought of these chord changes before Coltrane and used them in "Have You Met Miss Jones"'s bridge.

Leon Petersen : i'm all for theory......but how much "improv" really occurs? Is it not a mere stringing together of phrases....much more interesting creativity occurs at one-tenth of that speed.

warefairsoda : And Coltane did all that on heroin!

Robert Gift : Well done! Thank you. As a classical organist I practice my improvisations well before performance.

theWanderer521 : Coltrane's study of the circle of fifth is like he's summoning something

Generson Bryantheart : And Joey Alexander can play this song easily and throw some improvisation on it at age 11 !!?? Just WOW.... Edit : Sorry, he already play it at 10 !!

vptes1 : I think I'd appreciate music more if I actually understood technicalities like these

K. B. : I really liked this video from the point of view that I'm a classical musician not knowing what's going on with a lot of jazz music, including 'Giant Steps'. I must admit that I underestimated the elaborate harmonic constructions of it and how much it actually has in common with the final developements of tonal music in the late 19th and early 20th century. Well done and congrats to this educational masterpiece!

CheesecakeLasagna : Glad to see Vox finally fanning the flame between Adam Neely. It wasn't really a beef but eh.