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John Coltrane – Blue World

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Ships from: Melbourne


They say: Lightning never strikes twice. But there are exceptions. In the jazz world, lightning will strike a second time!

Impulse published in June 2018! Records "Both Directions At Once" a "lost album" by John Coltrane, recorded in 1963, which first brought to light new compositions by Coltrane, recorded with his Classic Quartet with McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums). As expected, the response from the media and fans was huge, the decades-old album landed at number 21 in the US Billboard charts (Coltrane's highest debut ever), led the jazz charts around the world and put Coltrane among the top 20 pop charts in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and many other countries. To date "Both Directions At Once" has sold more than a quarter of a million albums worldwide

Although it looked as if this was a discovery of the century, fate has now pulled a second "Coltrane Ace" out of his sleeve, as research in the aftermath of "Both Directions At Once" revealed another tape with a previously unreleased session of the master

In 1964 John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet went to Rudy Van Gelders' studio and recorded new versions of some of Coltrane's most famous compositions in an unprecedented move. The year he also recorded "A Love Supreme", Coltrane was contacted by Gilles Groulx, a Canadian filmmaker. Groulx prepared his film "Le Chat Dans Le Sac", a love story set in Montreal with political undertones. Groulx, a confirmed Coltrane fan, was determined to have the saxophonist, who was considered difficult, create a soundtrack for his film. Groulx approached Coltrane through a personal contact with bassist Jimmy Garrison, and he surprisingly agreed

Coltrane spontaneously drummed his quartet colleagues Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner together at Van Gelder Studios in June '64 between the recordings for the now legendary albums "Crescent" and "A Love Supreme" to do something unprecedented in the Coltrane world: reinterpret and record earlier works

Director Gilles Groulx was present during the recordings. Today it is unclear how much creative input the filmmaker had and how much creative coordination took place between him and Coltrane. Recorded on ¼ inch analog mono tape, the session on June 24, 1964 was not only recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in his studio, but also mixed and mastered. Overjoyed, Groulx took the master tape to Canada the following day, although in the end only ten minutes of the 37-minute recording were used in his film. For the world's first release of the music "Blue World" has now been remastered by Kevin Reeves at Universal Music Mastering in New York from the original analog tape, the vinyl edition was cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios

"Blue World" demonstrates Coltrane's artistic development together with his Classic Quartet at a fixed point in his career. It is significant that this session took place between two of Coltrane's most expansive, spiritually transcendent records that would determine his perception from then on

Another Coltrane discovery of world renown!


"'Blue World' was recorded in the summer of 1964 between the two legendary albums 'Crescent' and 'A Love Supreme'. A thrilling addition." (Stereo, December 2019)

Release details

Label: Universal Music Enterprises, Impulse!, Verve Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Units: 1
Country: US
Released: 2019
Genre: Jazz
Style: Free Jazz


A1 Naima (Take 1)
A2 Village Blues (Take 2)
A3 Blue World
A4 Village Blues (Take 1)
B1 Village Blues (Take 3)
B2 Like Sonny
B3 Traneing In
B4 Naima (Take 2)