Unpublished work of jazz legend John Coltrane and his quartet has recently surfaced and is posthumously as the album was released on June 29. It concerns pictures from the year 1963. The album with the title ‘Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album’ is released by the New York-based label Jazz Impulse!. The 87-year-old Sonny Rollins, just about the last surviving legendary jazzsaxofonist, imprinting the album “like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid”.
The album includes seven pieces played by Coltrane and his usual quartet: Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, McCoy Tyner on piano and Coltrane on saxophone. The foursome took the work on in the studio in New Jersey of a jazz fanatic, Rudy Van Gelder, where they in 1964, returned for the recording of ‘A Love Supreme’, an album about the quest for (the) happiness that became a jazz classic and by some as the best jazz album ever is defined.
The “forgotten” recordings from 1963 were found by the family of Coltrane’s first wife, Juanita Naima Coltrane, who they had kept in their home in New York Queens.
John Coltrane died in 1967 after a prolonged illness.