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Both Directions at Once, The Lost Album strikes a balance between commercial success and breaking free from the jazz mainstream / SOMETHING ELSE

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Both Directions at Once, The Lost Album is accurately titled, an album that captures McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Elvin Jones and their visionary leader trying to strike a balance between accommodating the label's desire for converting Coltrane's talent stardom into commercial success and probing for paths that would eventually break him free from jazz's mainstream (and by the end of his time on Earth, from jazz itself).

Better than demo quality, falling maybe just short of the typical Bob Thiele production standard, Both Directions at Once, The Lost Album is nonetheless as gratifying as many other John Coltrane albums from the Impulse! era; indeed, it holds its own against the entire, history-making discography. To understand the magnitude of this meaningful new addition to such an influential repertoire, Sonny Rollins may have put it best: "This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid."

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