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'Both Directions at Once' is topnotch Coltrane Quartet in the midpoint of the group's career / WBGO

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You've surely seen reports about the newly discovered studio session by the John Coltrane Quartet, recorded on March 6, 1963. I've devoted a significant portion of my professional life to studying this band - as a jazz performer, a Coltrane biographer and researcher, and an educator - and discoveries of this scale are few and far between. It's been known for many years that the session occurred, but the master tapes were gone and it was not known that any copies existed. The new release, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album, is a truly significant event. First and foremost, of course, the music is topnotch Coltrane Quartet in the midpoint of the group's career.

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