John Coltrane's Giant Steps is a song that continues to make legions of saxophonists sweat as a practice template with its dazzling display of technique.
"What are we, almost 60 years later? I mean it's still considered the measuring stick," says Charlotte saxophonist Phillip Whack.
He's not only taking on the song but the whole album Friday and Saturday nights at the Blumenthal Stage Door Theater. Like most fulltime musicians, Whack wears many hats. He tours overseas in a funk band. He plays regularly at a local church, and you might also catch him in a cover band at a wedding. Playing Giant Steps in its entirety is the most difficult project he's ever taken on.