Lost studio album from John Coltrane released today on Impulse!
Recorded by John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet – composed of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones – in 1963 at Van Gelder Studios, a lost studio album which features original, never-before-heard compositions will finally be released 55 years later on Impulse!/Universal Music Group as Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album. It represents a major addition to the jazzman’s catalogue and the most important jazz discovery in recent memory.
This album includes two completely unknown originals: Untitled Original 11383 and Untitled Original 11386, both played on soprano sax. One Up, One Down – released previously only on a bootleg recording from Birdland – is heard here as a studio recording for the first and only time. Impressions, one of Coltrane’s most famous and oft-recorded compositions, is played here in a piano-less trio.
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.
>> See the press release here.