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John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once - The Lost Album / JazzdaGama

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Since the advent of the 1960's, one of the iconic images of Jazz has been that of John Coltrane the tenor-turned-soprano saxophonist, eyes squeezed tightly shut in the throes of a musical epiphany, the riveting visual counterpart of a keening wail as he exploded as in a spiritual awakening. Somehow the same image is conjured up each time the music of Mr Coltrane bursts forth from the speakers in a listening room. A by word for commitment, conviction and relentless intensity more than fifty years after his passing nothing much has changed. Even musicians elevated to the rarefied realm already, such as Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter continue to marvel at the musical force that he unleashed. Meanwhile a host of lesser mortals continue to turn to ‘Trane as if to seek advice from his ever-present spirit when stuck.

The unstoppable juggernaut of Mr Coltrane and his iconic quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones is now front and centre again with the surprising release of another double album, which eminently appropriate for ‘Trane, is entitled Both Directions at Once – The Lost Album. 

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