A John Coltrane Album Finally Hits the Charts — 51 Years After His Death

John Coltrane’s The Lost Album charting in the UK’s Top 20 chart makes it his first ever time in the charts.

Thanks to a very lucky and fortunate find, unreleased music from legendary jazz musician John Coltrane is now seeing the light of day.  The album, which was recorded by the John Coltrane Quartet at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey in a day, was released on June 29th, 2018 on Impulse! Records/Decca.

Rocking the jazz world, this album has found its way up to No. 15 in the UK’s Official Album Chart.  Not only is this Coltrane’s highest charting album, it’s also the first album to chart — period.  It’s also his biggest in opening week sales.

Coltrane’s first wife, Naima, recently uncovered the album.

With the master tapes of Coltrane’s originals being destroyed, Van Gelder provided copies to Coltrane prior to their destruction.  Naima, Coltrane’s first wife, discovered the copies in her home.  Upon the album’s discovery, Ravi Coltrane, John’s son, and Ken Druker, Van Gelder’s studio executive, put the tracks together for the 7-track album.

Two of the tracks are known as “11383” and “11386,” which are untitled originals.

Jazz music has seen impressive growth over the last few years.

In recent years, jazz music has enjoyed a nice uptick, and The Lost Album‘s success reflects that trend.  Furthermore, younger audiences are attending jazz concerts, which causes shows to become more diverse.  According to American Blues Scene, “US saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s latest album, Heaven and Earth, charted at No. 13 last week.”

Additionally, “the announcement of the new Coltrane album sees two instrumental jazz albums, released in consecutive weeks, on the UK’s main pop chart,” the post adds.

“It is quite remarkable that it has taken until 2018 for John Coltrane to register a chart hit album – and says everything about the British public’s love for classic, timeless jazz,” states Martin Talbot of Official Chart Company.

Born on September 23rd, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane quickly became one of the most influential jazz artists of all time.  His career was only 22 years long and none of his 25 albums charted.  He died in 1967, and was posthumously awarded two Grammy awards and a Pulitzer Prize.

John Coltrane's 'Missing Album' from 1963 Is Now Being Released

An unreleased album featuring two original tracks by legendary saxophonist and jazz musician John Coltrane is being released.

The album in question is titled Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album.  The album is chock-full music (including two originals) that was recorded and made by the John Coltrane Quartet at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey in one day.

Unfortunately, the recordings went missing for many years. This quartet featured bassist Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones on the drums, and McCoy Tyner as the pianist.

Thankfully, Juanita Naima Coltrane, John’s first wife, found a “personal copy” the album.  After this discovery, Juanita showed it to the Impulse! Records team.  Impulse! Records was a label that Coltrane produced eight albums for.

The newly discovered music was meant to be a part a full album.

The seven songs on Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album are works art and were crafted to be part a full album. Additionally, Ravi Coltrane, John’s son, said people would “get a sense John with one foot in the past and one foot headed towards his future.”

Ravi adds that John was “always in a state transition.  In 1963, all these musicians are reaching some the heights their musical powers.”

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album will be released as a single disc. The deluxe edition, however, will contain seven varying versions the tracks on an additional disc. The release date for this new album will be released on June 29 on Impulse! Records.

John Coltrane went over to Impulse! Records after ‘My Favorite Things’

Coltrane’s immensely successful track “My Favorite Things” continues to see the spotlight today.  Shortly after this release, Coltrane went over to Impulse! Records to record eight albums.  In addition to the music Coltrane recorded with his quartet in one day for the forthcoming album, he also released BalladsDuke Ellington and John Coltrane, and John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman in 1963.