John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Record of the Week for this fifth and final week in June is a 1963 John Coltrane LP that has, until now, remained mostly lost and largely unheard.

The record is a full set of material made by the John Coltrane Quartet one day at New Jersey's Rudy Van Gelder Studio in March 1963. Titled Both Directions at Once, its pretty seismic to have a new set of explosive motifs to obsess over and a session that predates the truly iconic A Love Supreme by 18 months. The family of the musician's first wife, Juanita Naima Coltrane, recently found his "personal copy" and started the process with Impulse! Records for this release spread across CD, 2CD and various LPs.

It is explosive and incredibly dextrous.

The question does remain... seriously, how did a major label manage to lose a John Coltrane record? Well, there is a great read all about it over on The Quietus' website here.


John Coltrane

John Coltrane (right) with McCoy Tyner at New Jersey's Van Gelder studios in 1963, one day after the session that would become the newly unveiled Both Directions at Once.

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