John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Dexule 2LP)
Expected Release Date: 29 June, 2018
On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet— McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones –recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, will finally be released 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz.
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.
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 2 completely new John Coltrane compositions, 1 very rare composition, and 1 new blues
• 2 tracks feature piano-less trio
At the end of the day, Coltrane left Van Gelder Studios with a reference tape and brought it to the home in Queens that he shared with his wife, Naima. These tapes remained untouched for the next 54 years until Impulse! approached the family about finally releasing this lost album. Though the master tape was never found—Rudy Van Gelder wasn’t one for clutter—the reference tape was discovered to be in excellent condition.
As the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins so rightly put it, “This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.” The musical implications of this album, the original compositions, the arrangements, the band, the year it was recorded, all amount to a rediscovery and re-contextualization of one of the most important musicians of our time.
Danny Bennett, President and CEO of the Verve Label Group and home of Impulse! records, says, “Jazz is more relevant today than ever. It’s becoming the alternative music of the 21st century, and no one embodies the boundary breaking essence of jazz more than John Coltrane. He was a visionary who changed the course of music, and this lost album is a once-in a-lifetime discovery. It gives us insight into his creative process and connects us to his artistry. This album is a cultural moment and coincides perfectly with our relaunch of the iconic Impulse! label.”
On this album, there are two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals. “Untitled Original 11383” and “Untitled Original 11386,” both played on soprano sax. “11383” features an arco bass solo by Jimmy Garrison, a relative rarity, and “11386” marks a significant structural change for the quartet, in that they keep returning to the theme between solos, not typical in the quartet’s repertoire.