Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #3 / 715
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2018 Ratings: #8
June 29, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Impulse!, Verve, UMe / Label
Jazz / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

It’s a most welcome and inevitably stunning missing chapter from one of jazz’s finest quartet.

Rolling Stone

Regardless of the intent, there’s plenty to savor here, from an era when the saxophonist was edging ever further from the center of jazz and closer to the increasingly ambitious and ecstatic approach he would take in the three years before his death in 1967.

Drowned in Sound

Whatever the plan was, Both Directions at Once isn’t just a treat for the hardcore, either in terms of Coltrane or jazz more broadly.

The newly discovered, unreleased album from 1963 featuring the “classic quartet” finds the jazz giant thrillingly caught between shoring up and surging forth.
Spectrum Culture

Here is a great band, finding new footing even as it sits at a moment that we all thought was a temporary respite from change.


Both Directions at Once is truly a rare thing: an important discovery from the vault that's also a blast to hear.

The Guardian

These on-the-fly Coltrane experiments were part of a 1960s step-change in the evolution of jazz and much else in contemporary music, still making waves from those long-gone analogue days to the eclectic present.

55 years ago on March 6th, 1963, 36-year-old American jazz composer and saxophonist John Coltrane entered his favorite vaulted, wood-and-masonry-block recording studio at 445 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey for a five-hour long recording session with engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Session producer Bob Thiele had originally scheduled Coltrane (tenor/soprano saxophone) and his quartet McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums) from 2:00pm in the afternoon until ... read more
I swear, if this didn't have the John Coltrane label on it, and it was some other upcoming jazz artist who made it, the reception wouldn't even be close to the positivity and praise this receives.
I think it should be commended on how clean this sounds for being a "lost recording" The music here from Coltrane and the Quartet is outstanding as usual and 55 years later new music from them still impresses. 11386 is definitely the stand out. Everyone here is on there a game. This doesn't drive the genre forward any as much as more modern stuff does now cause we've heard Coltrane excell the genre at the same time this was recorded but man this one still bops and there's a somewhat ... read more
Both Directions At Once is more than just posthumous album made up of unused material, it really does carry it's own weight and just has a remarkable sound., it's amazing what this four-piece jazz outfit is able to accomplish. The drums and bass create technically astounding rhythms to which the piano and Coltrane's ever so sweet saxophone can build on. Some tracks may sometimes over stay their welcome and feel repetitive but this record is still very easy on the ears and is an essential listen ... read more
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Track List

  1. Untitled Original 11383
  2. Nature Boy
  3. Untitled Original 11386
  4. Vilia
  5. Impressions
  6. Slow Blues
  7. One Up, One Down
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Added on: June 22, 2018