Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Standard edition)

John Coltrane

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Standard edition)
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Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Standard edition)

John Coltrane

The ‘Holy Grail’ Of Jazz Recordings!

Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, “like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.”

With the discovery of the ¼“ reference tapes that Coltrane took home with him after the recording session - a session that was completely unknown and for which master tapes don’t exist - an important chapter in the evolution of Coltrane’s music can now be heard for the first time.

Featuring the Classic Quartet - John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones - and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward.

Referencing his soloing style, "I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.” - John Coltrane
  • Features “The Classic Quartet' - John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones
  • Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder on March 6, 1963 (the day before the recording of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman)
  • Original session produced by Bob Thiele
  • Includes 3 completely new Coltrane compositions
  • 2 tracks feature a trio format with little to no piano-the only time Coltrane recorded with this approach

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