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John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

“…STARTING A SENTENCE IN THE MIDDLE, AND THEN GOING TO THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF IT AT THE SAME TIME…

                                                       BOTH DIRECTIONS AT ONCE.”

OMG. You need this. Now. This is the single greatest thing I’ve heard in ages. Two whole discs of unheard mid-60s Classic Quartet (John Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner)?? YES PLEASE!

Here is the info on it, as I am too busy listening to it to re-type any of that.

For unreleased tracks, some of them with the engineer intro still tagged onto them, the sound here is superb. The band is on fire, swinging away with so much beauty and class that this is already one of my Best Of 2018 albums! If you’ll pardon my French, this thing is fucking phenomenal.

I got the 2CD deluxe edition. There’s a 1 disc edition too, though why anyone would buy that I have no clue.

Open up the gatefold packaging and there’s a pull-quote where Sonny Rollins, still with us at a young 87 years of age, says it best:

“THIS IS LIKE FINDING A NEW ROOM IN THE GREAT PYRAMID.”

Amen, brother.

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John Coltrane – Ken Burns Jazz: John Coltrane

 

 

 

 

 

From the popular Ken Burns series, this one’s a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. Check it out:

‘Round Midnight (with Miles Davis)
Mr. P.C.
Naima
My Favorite Things
Chasin’ The Trane
In A Sentimental Mood (with Duke Ellington)
Afro Blue
Alabama
Acknowledgement
Jupiter

One can always add other tracks, but this collection (covering his Columbia, Atlantic, and Impulse! years) gives a solid overview of his styles.

We played this after the kids went to bed. Bliss.

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