All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

12

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition

Doug Collette By

Sign in to view read count
The fulsome clarity of the monaural sound on Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album by John Coltrane may be just the gateway necessary to entice those listeners used to a single home speakers, ear buds or their smart phones. After all, as Ashley Kahn notes in his lengthy essay, this double set of compact discs features the iconic saxophonist's classic quartet in its prime, and so deserves to be heard by musiclovers of all stripes and equipment setups, not just the audiophiles and jazz connoisseurs.

Rudy Van Gelder recorded Coltrane wielding both tenor and soprano horns as he displayed a profound sense of freedom in his instrumental interactions with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. It's a liberation including, but not limited to, release from worry about mistakes or repetition; even with multiple takes of the same tunes, like "Impressions" (which appears here four times, once without Tyner), there's not a whit of suspicion about duplication of effort or ideas: when players of this high caliber replicate a progression of melody or rhythm, even a single note, it can be an epiphany. Little wonder saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter, an arguable genius himself, would be quoted in the enclosed booklet, talking in awed terms about the music these artists.

The music itself speaks volumes through the uncanny intuitive sense(s) the foursome share. By the time of this Bob Thiele-produced session, those well-honed collective instincts had been sharpened both in studios such as this one in New Jersey and on stages like that of Birdland's to which the band repaired immediately upon completion of the recording. Ravi Coltrane's description of his response to this afternoon interlude as "a kicking-the-tires sessions" may arise from the appearance of "Nature Boy" and "Vilia," not yet set as regular repertoire for the group, but cover material which Coltrane and company nonetheless imbue with an infectious sense of play.

Neither dilettante nor the reserved aficionado should be apprehensive Both Directions At Once contains four tracks labeled "Untitled Original." The Lost Album does manifest some movement on Coltrane's part to the more open- ended likes of Interstellar Space (Impulse, 1974), but the performances here are just sufficiently loose to allow the evolving arrangements breathe and, in turn, further nurture the quartet's musicianly camaraderie. To explain too much of how this happens somewhat demeans the product of this group's creative impulses, but that's certainly not the case with the liner notes: the aforementioned jazz scholar writes with an emphatic logic, communicating as much information as insight, into which he infuses a passion that's a direct reflection of its subject.

As edifying as it is to read that esteemed author, the sensation isn't all that dissimilar from admiring the design of the two-CD package: die-cuts, gold embossing and all are an ingenious reflection of the imagination within the music it encloses. Consequently, as precious a possession as this deluxe set will become for those who own it, the greatest delight rightfully derives from the sounds it contains.

Track Listing: CD 1: Untitled Original 11383; Nature Boy ; Untitled Original 11386 (Take 1); Vilia (Take 3); Impressions (Take 3); Slow Blues; One Up, One Down (Take 1). CD 2: Vilia (Take 5); Impressions (Take 1); Impressions (Take 2); Impressions (Take 4); Untitled Original 11386 (Take 2); Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5); One Up, One Down (Take 6).

Personnel: John Coltrane: saxophone; McCoy Tyner: piano; Jimmy Garrison: bass; Elvin Jones: drums.

Title: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Impulse!

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Why Not CD/LP/Track Review
Why Not
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 26, 2018
Read Together CD/LP/Track Review
Together
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 26, 2018
Read Presence CD/LP/Track Review
Presence
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 26, 2018
Read Blood CD/LP/Track Review
Blood
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 26, 2018
Read Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road CD/LP/Track Review
Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 25, 2018
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 25, 2018
Read "The Nobuki Takamen Trio" CD/LP/Track Review The Nobuki Takamen Trio
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2018
Read "Blue Maqams" CD/LP/Track Review Blue Maqams
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 3, 2017
Read "Connect" CD/LP/Track Review Connect
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 27, 2017
Read "Balagan Cafe Band" CD/LP/Track Review Balagan Cafe Band
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 10, 2018
Read "In Stride" CD/LP/Track Review In Stride
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 16, 2018
Read "La Saboteuse" CD/LP/Track Review La Saboteuse
by Chris May
Published: February 20, 2018