Sorry guys, no room for jokes here, this is the serious stuff.
On Wednesday, March 6, 1963, in the middle of what was already smelling to be a maelstrom year for jazz records, John Coltrane walked through the doors of Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ. Over the course of the next 24 hours he, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones recorded an entire album’s worth of material. Coltrane took the cassette tape of those recordings back home and played them for his then-wife Juanita Austin (or Naima). And then…Well, that was it. No one else ever heard those tapes — not for 55 years.
But now, the world will get a chance to listen to what happened in that small New Jersey studio. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album by John Coltrane will be fully released on June 29 via Impulse! Records — the hyper-genius creative space for those such as Pharoah Sanders, Ray Charles, Alice Coltrane, and Charlie Haden. In the past, the label has served as the launchpad for many of Coltrane’s mostrespected works; and now, after over a decade of dormancy, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album will begin a new era of releases from the iconic label.