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John Coltrane's Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a great find, perhaps best one of the year / AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

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This release of a 55-year old recording of John Coltrane, one of the century's greatest jazz performers/composers, seems to be a great find, perhaps the best one of the year. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album was made on a single day in March 1963 but it took this long for it to see the beguiling mists of twilight. However, its title is a bit disingenuous. It's not the lost album. There have been two other John Coltrane finds I know of: Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (which I reviewed on these pages) and Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up, both released in 2005. Coltrane biographer Ben Ratliff says Verve (Impulse!'s parent company) has eighty-six CDs worth of Coltrane's concert recordings, and it doesn't really matter whether they are "found" or not. There's more in the queue.

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