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"Giant Steps" | Stories of Standards

Dec 30, 2015

“Giant Steps” – composed by John Coltrane (1926 – 1967) – was initially recorded in 1959 as the title song of his 1960 album.

The song's rapid flow and progression of intricate weaving of chords captivated audiences and fellow musicians alike. With its use of three keys shifted by major thirds for an augmented triad, “Giant Steps” quickly became a goal for musicians to master.

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This past year brought Denver a great deal of dining diversity and what appears to be an unprecedented number of attractive new restaurants.

Denver Eater looked back at the venues that joined the fray in 2015 and compiled a list of the top 30 new restaurants, ranked and mapped for your convenience.

Old Farmer's Almanac Releases 224th Edition

Dec 28, 2015

Sarah Perreault, editor for the 224th edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac, joined First Take with Lando and Chavis to talk about the book's history and vast information. 

"We've got something for everyone," Perreault said.

Beyond weather, the almanac dives into gardening, recipes, jokes, and pet information. 

Listen to the full interview above to learn what the biggest prediction is for the almanac's 2016 issue. 

The Colorado Independent

(Post updated Jan. 4, 2016) 

The Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene joined First Take with Lando and Chavis to talk about her story featuring the family of Clarence Moses-EL, a wrongfully convicted man who was recently released. 

Denver never had "projects" the way they were built in the East and Midwest (think Chicago's infamous Cabrini Green).  But even more recently, in the 1990s, city leaders wanted something altogether different.