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'A little bit of luck and a little bit of chutzpah' made it happen, says music historian. The only soundtrack saxophonist John Coltrane ever recorded was for a 1964 Québécois film called Le chat dans le sac. 

1964 was a busy year for for John Coltrane. The saxophonist was in his prime, recording two albums that year with his now-famous Classic Quartet: Crescent and his magnum opus A Love Supreme. That year he also worked on another project of less renown. It was the soundtrack for the Québécois film Le chat dans le sac, which was funded by the National Film Board (NFB). It was written and directed by filmmaker Gilles Groulx, who was one of the first filmmakers in the province to take influence from the French new wave genre.

This forgotten piece of Coltrane's musical repertoire was mostly buried in the memories of those who had seen this underground art house film - until now. Last week, the Coltrane estate announced plans to release the soundtrack as an album titled Blue World. "It has been hiding in plain sight," said Ashley Kahn, a music historian and author who wrote the liner notes for the upcoming album, on CBC Montreal's Homerun. On Sept. 27, the music will be available to a wider audience. But it has always been available in the archives of the National Film Board.

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