Wednesday, September 12, 2018

John Coltrane, 'Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album' (1963, 2018)

Anyone even remotely a fan of John Coltrane and/or jazz will dig Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, tracks recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on March 6, 1963, and just recently released. 

On the jacket of my double CD version of the release, there's an apt quip about it made by Sonny Rollins: "This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid." (Original in all caps)

This was recorded in the same studio -- Rudy Van Gelder's -- that Coltrane used to record A Love Supreme on December 9, 1964.

The main players (The John Coltrane Quartet) are the same on both recordings, too: Trane on sax; McCoy Tyner on piano; Jimmy Garrison on bass; Elvin Jones on drums. 
Track listing on CD1 and CD2, from "UNTITLED ORIGINAL 11383 (TAKE 1)" to "ONE UP, ONE DOWN (TAKE 6)." Some will sound more familiar than others.
I've listened to this about a dozen times so far, and will give it another hundred spins before my next birthday, no doubt. 

Today's Rune: Possessions. 

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