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John Coltrane 'Both Directions at Once' featured on TMR's Bentley Bandstand for August

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Sometimes a surprise arrives from so far out of left field that at first it feels too good to be true. Yet it is. By March 1963 John Coltrane had made several different types of album, but there was no question he resided at the pinnacle of jazz. The musician was exploring new sounds, and the way he did felt like a whole different force of nature lived on the planet. These recordings were recorded, put away and then-nothing. Today it clearly sounds like it was meant to be a new album then, but so much else in Coltrane's career was happening they have been overlooked for 55 years. Music being the gift that keeps on giving, the music's loss is now our gain. Coltrane's inimitable saxophone sounds like a feral cat chasing a mouse around the studio floor as it pursues the rhythm section. Drummer Elvin Jones is building walls with his kit, an unstoppable presence not to be denied. Pianist McCoy Tyner and bassist Jimmy Garrison give such a melodic support it borders on mesmerizing. John Coltrane would only live four more years, but no one knew that then. Instead, it sounds like he would live forever, showing the world a new vista of energetic beauty every time he picked up his horn. A love supreme. 

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