14 Songs, 1 Hour 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This long-buried studio session, found among John Coltrane’s holdings by the family of his first wife, Naima, offers a bounty of unheard material by the saxophonist’s classic quartet at a creative peak in 1963. His quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones was cranking out records for Impulse! at the time, some with an attempted commercial bent (this session was recorded just one day before the vocal classic John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman). Though Both Directions at Once somehow didn’t make the grade, it provides a new glimpse of the group at its most explosive and forward-thinking. “All these musicians are reaching some of the heights of their musical powers,” Coltrane's son, Ravi, who helped prepare the album, told the New York Times. “On this record, you do get a sense of John with one foot in the past and one foot headed toward his future.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This long-buried studio session, found among John Coltrane’s holdings by the family of his first wife, Naima, offers a bounty of unheard material by the saxophonist’s classic quartet at a creative peak in 1963. His quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones was cranking out records for Impulse! at the time, some with an attempted commercial bent (this session was recorded just one day before the vocal classic John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman). Though Both Directions at Once somehow didn’t make the grade, it provides a new glimpse of the group at its most explosive and forward-thinking. “All these musicians are reaching some of the heights of their musical powers,” Coltrane's son, Ravi, who helped prepare the album, told the New York Times. “On this record, you do get a sense of John with one foot in the past and one foot headed toward his future.”

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Ratings and Reviews

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Just great

What a find! Just great to hear some new Coltrane, and with his greatest band too. Magical.

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Curiosity

Average album this. The best is already released. The story of finding this album. like some Egyptian Sacophagus, hits home. Curiosity sure. But if you love Coltrane then Giant Steps, Blue Train, Love Supreme, the Ballads album will continue to blow your mind. Just the work he did with Miles Davis too. However Nature Boy, Vilia and Slow Blues got me here I always found his tone a little harsh....Great band fusion however.

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