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John Coltrane - 'Both Directions At Once' makes Something Else: 'Best of the Rest 2018'

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Looking back at another year of jazz showed there is no let up in the quality of the genre, nor its sense of forward movement (if you're listening to the right artists) so with last year in the can, I present a Best of 2018 list of modern and mainstream jazz releases that I can proudly recommend the most. Limiting the selections to those records I took the time to review leaves out a lot of records that are otherwise worthy, but having only a casual acquaintance with the music isn't good enough to make a list with high confidence. It's not always fair but it sure does simplify the selection process. 

John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once, The Lost Album: This long-forgotten set of recordings 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.

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