Long-Lost John Coltrane Album to be Released Later This Month

Two years before A Love Supreme, John Coltrane recorded a seven-track album that was stored away and forgotten about for more than half a century.

It was tracked at the revered Rudy Van Gelder Studio in March 1963 with Coltrane's classic quartet, which included drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Impulse! Records will finally release the session on June 29 as Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album.

Yesterday, the New York Times published a feature that explains the history of the recording—where it falls in the pantheon of Coltrane albums, how Coltrane's first wife, Juanita Naima Coltrane, recently found the tapes, and how his son and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane worked with Impulse! to finalize the release.

Both Directions at Once will be available as a single disc or as a deluxe edition with an additional seven alternate takes, including four versions of the quartet's showstopping "Impressions."

John Coltrane Quartet - "Impressions"

To give a sense of what fans can expect, Ravi told the Times, "In 1963, all these musicians are reaching some of the heights of their musical powers. On this record, you do get a sense of John with one foot in the past and one foot headed toward his future."

Ahead of the release of Both Directions at Once, browse the rest of Coltrane's discography at Reverb LP. And read about Coltrane and the other sidemen from Miles Davis' first great quintet in our feature exploring their post-Davis solo careers.


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