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Tune in to CapRadio's - Excellence in Jazz for your chance to win - John Coltrane 'Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album'

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On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet - McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones - recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, was finally released in June 2018, 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz.

Titled; Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, this Impulse! Records session produced two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals. "Untitled Original 11383" and "Untitled Original 11386," both played on soprano sax. "11383" features an arco bass solo by Jimmy Garrison, a relative rarity, and "11386" marks a significant structural change for the quartet, in that they keep returning to the theme between solos, not typical in the quartet's repertoire. In addition "One Up, One Down" – released previously only on a bootleg recording from Birdland – is heard here as a studio recording for the first and only time. It contains a fascinating exchange between Elvin Jones and Coltrane. "Impressions," one of Coltrane's most famous and oft-recorded compositions, is played here in a piano-less trio. In fact, McCoy Tyner lays out a number of times during this recording session. It's one of the more interesting aspects of this session and reflects the harmonic possibilities that Coltrane was known to be discussing regularly with Ornette Coleman around this time. This studio session also yielded Coltrane's first recording of "Nature Boy," which he would record again in 1965, and the two versions differ greatly. 

Tune in tonight to Capital Public Radio's - Excellence in Jazz, hosted By Gary G. Vercelli, Dennis Newhall, and Devan Kortan, for your chance to win a copy of the deluxe edition of John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album!