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John Coltrane

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It’s like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.” Saxophonist Sonny Rollins didn’t weigh his words to describe this previously unreleased session recorded by John Coltrane in March 1963 and released for the first time in June 2018. When it comes to original content, so-called gems and other rarities, labels are masters at scraping the bottom of the barrel and pumping up the cash register with anecdotal, at times completely useless content. In this case however, it’s a completely different story. Although the posthumous discography of John Coltrane, who passed away in July 1967, is already massive, this Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album is turning out to be a prime addition! The most tender of all tenderloins! The ultimate treat! The only negative would be this Lost Album appellation, as no document proves that Trane, or even his producer Bob Thiele, had in any way considered to turn this impeccable session into a proper album… The scene takes place in March 1963. Four days before the saxophonist, surrounded by his legendary Praetorian guard – pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, bass player Jimmy Garrison – recorded an essential album with singer Johnny Hartman. In the afternoon of Wednesday 6th, the quartet dropped by Rudy Van Gelder’s famous studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Just a few hours before going back to Manhattan to perform on stage at the Birdland. The tapes of this session have been retrieved by the family of Naima, Coltrane’s first wife. Fourteen tracks are playable. Fourteen, including two original songs, Untitled Original 11386 and Untitled Original 11383, on which Garrison performs a double bass solo! This marvel is available in a simple edition (seven tracks selected by John’s son, Ravi Coltrane) or Deluxe (all fourteen tracks!). The bond between the four men jumps out like rarely before. Coltrane alternates between deep sequences that foreshadow incoming wild swerves (Untitled Original 11386 and his legendary Impressions), and lyrical moments (the classic Nature Boy). Notes flood down, combining perfectly with McCoy Tyner’s percussive style… Although Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album doesn’t provide any new information on Coltrane’s quartet, it is still a completely indispensable archive, both for its musical and sound quality. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Untitled Original 11383 Take 1
00:05:41

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Nature Boy
00:03:24

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - EDEN AHBEZ, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Untitled Original 11386 Take 1
00:08:43

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Vilia Take 3
00:05:32

Franz Lehár, Composer - John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Impressions Take 3
00:04:36

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Slow Blues
00:11:28

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
One Up, One Down Take 1
00:08:01

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Vilia Take 5
00:04:37

Franz Lehár, Composer - John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Impressions Take 1
00:04:06

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Impressions Take 2
00:04:37

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Impressions Take 4
00:03:40

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Untitled Original 11386 Take 2
00:08:41

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Untitled Original 11386 Take 5
00:08:23

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
One Up, One Down Take 6
00:07:17

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Ken Druker, Producer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

It’s like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.” Saxophonist Sonny Rollins didn’t weigh his words to describe this previously unreleased session recorded by John Coltrane in March 1963 and released for the first time in June 2018. When it comes to original content, so-called gems and other rarities, labels are masters at scraping the bottom of the barrel and pumping up the cash register with anecdotal, at times completely useless content. In this case however, it’s a completely different story. Although the posthumous discography of John Coltrane, who passed away in July 1967, is already massive, this Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album is turning out to be a prime addition! The most tender of all tenderloins! The ultimate treat! The only negative would be this Lost Album appellation, as no document proves that Trane, or even his producer Bob Thiele, had in any way considered to turn this impeccable session into a proper album… The scene takes place in March 1963. Four days before the saxophonist, surrounded by his legendary Praetorian guard – pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, bass player Jimmy Garrison – recorded an essential album with singer Johnny Hartman. In the afternoon of Wednesday 6th, the quartet dropped by Rudy Van Gelder’s famous studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Just a few hours before going back to Manhattan to perform on stage at the Birdland. The tapes of this session have been retrieved by the family of Naima, Coltrane’s first wife. Fourteen tracks are playable. Fourteen, including two original songs, Untitled Original 11386 and Untitled Original 11383, on which Garrison performs a double bass solo! This marvel is available in a simple edition (seven tracks selected by John’s son, Ravi Coltrane) or Deluxe (all fourteen tracks!). The bond between the four men jumps out like rarely before. Coltrane alternates between deep sequences that foreshadow incoming wild swerves (Untitled Original 11386 and his legendary Impressions), and lyrical moments (the classic Nature Boy). Notes flood down, combining perfectly with McCoy Tyner’s percussive style… Although Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album doesn’t provide any new information on Coltrane’s quartet, it is still a completely indispensable archive, both for its musical and sound quality. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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