Traneing On

Both Directions At Once

In case you might have missed it elsewhere, there is a new “old” John Coltrane album being issued this Friday on Impulse!—Both Directions At Once.

This is a session that was recorderd at the Van Gelder Studios in 1963 with his mainstay group of that era, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. Apparently, after the day’s recording was done, Coltrane took the tapes home where they were put away somewhere (the tapes were not the master—one was never found and I would surmise that having just laid down the tracks that day, no master had yet been made—but the reference tape is reported in excellent condition).

The discovery of unheard/unknown ’Trane from a complete studio session (unlike some badly registered live recording) is, as Sonny Rollins put it, “Like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.” There’s already been a comprehensive look at it in the Times, which had the privlege of an early promo that your humble corresepondent did not enjoy. I think what Russonello points out in that article is that this is a good Coltrane album, which means a good thing to have in general, but it’s no revelation, there’s nothing on it that the man had not yet done, nor would never do again. But put it in your library anyway, jazz fans.

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gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.