Fifty-one years after his death, John Coltrane is still full of surprises. Impulse! has announced the release of Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, out June 29. It’s composed of a lost 1963 session recorded at Van Gelder Studios with his legendary Classic Quartet of pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones.
Directions was the product of a single day’s work on March 6, 1963, when jazz’s most legendary, incendiary group of all time was full bore. Then -- nothing, really. While it’s unconscionable to imagine that music of this quality would simply be shelved and forgotten by all involved, that’s exactly what happened, and it speaks more to Coltrane’s merciless work ethic than the quality of the music that it’d fall behind the burner.