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John Coltrane: Lost 1963 recording will be released as album

The full set of material will feature two original songs

Ilana Kaplan
Thursday 07 June 2018 21:28 BST
A lost recording from John Coltrane will be released as a full album.
A lost recording from John Coltrane will be released as a full album. (Credit: Evening Standard/Getty)

A lost recording by saxophonist John Coltrane from 1963 titled Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is to be released.

The record is a full set of material made by the John Coltrane Quartet one day at New Jersey's Rudy Van Gelder Studio in March 1963; for years it was put away and lost.

The family of the musician's first wife, Juanita Naima Coltrane, recently found his "personal copy" of the material.

She subsequently saved the music and brought it to the attention of Impulse! Records - a label in which Coltrane produced eight albums for during his career.

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album includes seven songs that the New York Times says "clearly suggests" were intended to be part of a full album.

John Coltrane's son Ravi Coltrane - who helped prepare his father's lost album for release - said that people would "get a sense of John with one foot in the past and one foot headed towards his future."

But he also added that his father was always in "a state of transition."

Coltrane's "new" album will be released as a single disc, with one version of each of the seven songs from that day in March.

However the deluxe edition will feature seven alternate takes on a second disc.

Two original songs - identified as "11383" and "11386" - that were recorded for the "first and only time" on tape will be included on the album.

Before his death in 1967, Coltrane put out 45 studio albums.

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is set for release via Impulse! Records on June 29.

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