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Previously unheard John Coltrane recordings to be released

DISCOVERY: The recordings have been described as “finding a new room in the Great Pyramid”

A RECENTLY discovered album of previously unheard music from iconic jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane is set to be released 55 years after it was recorded and almost 50 years after his death.

The body of work, entitled Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, is comprised of original compositions recorded in a session at the Van Gelder studios, New Jersey on March 6 1963.

The discovery of the album has been described as “finding a new room in the Great Pyramid”.

The recordings were found by Coltrane’s first wife’s family.

HIs son Ravi assisted with the preparation of the release of the previously lost album.

He said: “On this record, you do get a sense of John with one foot in the past and one foot headed toward his future.”

But added that his father always lived in a state of transition.

The 14 tracks were recorded by Coltrane, double bassist Jimmy Garrison, pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones, together forming the quartet that was also behind classics such as A Love Supreme and Coltrane.

The album is set to be released on June 29 by Impulse! – the record label that Coltrane signed to in 1961 and continues to be associated with his music.

Coltrane released 45 albums during his lifetime, eight of which were released on Impulse!

Gilles Peterson will premiere one of the previously unheard tracks to the world on his BBC6 radio show on Saturday.

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