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John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once is an unearthed goldmine / Jazz Weekly

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As Sonny Rollins states in the liner notes, "This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid."

This two disc set finds completely hidden tracks from a "lost" album that John Coltrane and his classic quartet of McCoy Tyner/p, Elvin Jones/dr and Jimmy Garrison/b recorded back in March 6, 1963. To put it into time perspective, it was the same time (to the exact day?) of his album Crescent, his Live at Birdland recording (from a gig that night) and the day before his seminal meeting with Johnny Hartman. Not exactly a nadir of creativity, eh, with these recordings catching him halfway between his seminal Village Vanguard and Love Supreme albums.

Musically, this is a feast for the ears, with ‘Trane and company working out the themes and variations with excitement and inspiration. The longest piece at over 11 minutes, "Slow Blues" has a hip R&B solo by Tyner as well as giving Garrison a chance to take the spotlight.

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