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An unpublished record of John Coltrane sees the light

The saxophonist's quartet recorded in 1963 a study session of which there was no news. The album contains five versions of known themes and two new original compositions

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An unpublished record of John Coltrane sees the light

All elevation, elegance and enthusiasm of classic John Coltrane quartet sound like first time in untitled original 11383 and untitled original 11386, two unpublished compositions recently discovered and included in both directions at Once: Lost Album, Lost record of saxophonist that will see light on June 29, 55 years after its recording. "In terms of pop, it is as if we had given an unpublished album of Beatles, Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley," exclaims on phone from new York Jamie Krents, label Impulse!, a label that today is part of Universal and published work of maturity of musician , between 1961 and 1967, year of his premature death at 40. "This looks like finding a new stay in Great Pyramid," adds Sonny Rollins, Coltrane's fellow-generation and saxophone colossus like him.

The hyperbole seem for once something more than mere promotional chatter. The finding of session, recorded by musician on March 6, 1963 in front of his formation n, " best jazz Band of postwar", according to historian Val Wilmer, is a news that simply surpasses wildest dreams of fans. Although stamps lately exploit rescue of unpublished recordings to animate battered record market, it is seldom, as in this case, a study session. And much less of record of an autonomous album at pinnacle of race of one of its most legendary names.

In early March 1963, Quartet — who completed McCoy Tyner to piano, Jimmy Garrison to bass, and Elvin Jones to drummer — was halfway through a two-week stay at Birdland Club in new York. The day after session now regained, training recorded one of his albums of greatest commercial Fortune: collection of ballads signed with warm voice of baritone Johnny Hartman. "Confidence in possibilities of that work was probably reason why Bob Thiele [chief Impulse!] He decided to set aside album that we are now editing, "Elucubra Krents, who has been on project for years.

One of two unpublished compositions: ' Untitled Original 11383 '.

The band recorded frequently n. The resurrected material corresponds to a whole day in studio of sound engineer Rudy Van Gelder in Englewood, new Jersey, a mythical place of jazz where dozens of milestones were recorded in 1950s and 1960s. The quartet recorded several shots of two unpublished compositions that Coltrane did not reach holder (and Krents and his own have preferred to leave thus, without name). There are also variations of titles of Repertoire of saxophonist (Slow Blues, a piece of Fifties, one up, one Down, until now only available live, and an impressions interpreted without piano) and two versions: Nature Boy and Vilia, taken this last of Operetta The widow gladly, of Franz Léhar. In total, y have survived 14 cuts of se seven songs, which will be presented in two formats: Single album without alternative shots and luxury edition on two discs (re will also be vinyl version).

At end of day, saxophonist took a reference copy of session to house he n shared with his first wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs, who dedicated one of his most beautiful ballads in 1959. Of master re was no trace in archives of Van Gelder, a man known both for his mastery in achieving a wide and elegant sound, apparently because of his tendency to disorder. Nor did he record producer of those facts on his papers. They're both dead. And session is not included in any of Discographys compiled over decades by saxophonist's scholars.

After his divorce of Coltrane, Naima remained tapes, along with or leftover materials from album to Love Supreme (which were part of a commemorative edition of Masterpiece in 2014). All this was inherited by Antonia, daughter of a previous marriage of Naima, which saxophonist adopted when girl was five years old. "We had to earn trust of family and reach an economic agreement. But re was no hostility. On contrary, y were very kind, "recalls Krents.

When se pitfalls were overcome, it was paramount for company to have permission "and promotional support" of notable saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, result of John's second marriage to pianist Alice McLeod. "We did not want to publish a material that Ravi, who is also custodian of legacy, considered that it was not up to par. It was opposite. I'm sorry I didn't have a camera to record your face when you heard tapes, "Krents says. Ravi will be attending Monday to a listening with press of material, organized in studio where it was recorded.

The only survivor of session, pianist McCoy Tyner was also consulted during process, although at his 79 years he did not remember too much and could not offer new clues on unpublished compositions.

The album sounds with unmistakable air of Quartet in full form, just halfway through bluesy tradition of hard bop and modal jazz of ir albums in Atlantic to experimentation of spiritual dyes that would end up crystallizing following year in The sessions of a Love Supreme (suite that would see light in 1965). "This last chapter in his discography is not at all minor. To think it would underestimate his genius, "says email Ashley Khan, author of books on saxophonist and his most famous employer, Miles Davis. Khan also writes accompanying notes of new album. "The amazing thing is that it is a complete work, conceived as a coherent whole. Let no one be mistaken: it could have been a success comparable to My Favorite things [subject which titles one of its most famous albums]. So powerful is this discovery "

Khan offers evidence of quartet's fecundity in seal that Coltrane propelled, a study on which was Jazz Genius label between 1961 and 1967. His status as a star of team made him enter studio "eight times in 1962". Despite this, between 1961 and 1965, only two of group's eight albums (Coltrane and Crescent) were designed to translate force of ir directs into study, which adds importance to discovery of both directions at Once. The Lost Album.

They were times of greatest compenetration of Quartet, one of most memorable associations of history of Jazz until its dissolution in 1965. By n, idea of leader's music had become too atonal and free for pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones, two prodigies of rhythm and melody. In his last band, Coltrane incorporated Fury free jazz of Alice Coltrane (pianist), Pharoah Sanders (saxophonist) and Rashied Ali (drums). Two years later, he died by surprise because of a liver cancer that was not treated conveniently. His funeral, attended by hundreds of people, was lived in new York as one of stellar moments of jazz at time.

His legacy remained alive in records recorded by his widow, Alice, and by Pharoah Sanders. In 1971, Orthodox African Church of John Coltrane was founded in San Francisco. In 2007, he received a posthumous Pulitzer.


Artist: John Coltrane

Label: Verve (2018)

format: MP3, CD and vinyl

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