A lost album of John Coltrane originals recorded on 6 March 1963, at the Van Gelder studios in New Jersey, has been discovered. Two compositions on the LP, Untitled Original 11383 and Untitled Original 11386, have never before been heard.

The album, out June 29 as Both Directions at Once: the Lost Album, had long been thought lost and likely destroyed in the early 1970s. Joining Coltrane in the quartet that also recorded classic albums such as A Love Supreme, Coltrane, and Ballads, are Jimmy Garrison on double bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano.

The music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward.

“The master tape left in the studio was lost, and it’s likely it was destroyed in the early 70s when the label, Impulse!, was trying to reduce storage fees. But Coltrane gave his own reference tape of the recording to his wife Naima, despite their then disintegrating relationship – the pair divorced in 1966, and the tape has stayed in her family’s possession ever since,” according The Guardian.

Impulse! will release the album in standard and deluxe editions.



Side A

01 Untitled Original 11383
02 Nature Boy
03 Untitled Original 11386
04 Vilia

Side B

01 Impressions
02 Slow Blues
03 One Up, One Down

2LP Deluxe


Side A

01 Untitled Original 11383 (Take 1)
02 Nature Boy
03 Untitled Original11386 (Take 1)
04 Vilia (Take 3)

Side B

01 Impressions (Take 3)
02 Slow Blues
03 One Up, One Down (Take 1)


Side A

01 Vilia (Take 5)
02 Impressions (Take 1)
03 Impressions (Take 2)
04 Impressions (Take 4)

Side B

01 Untitled Original 11386 (Take 2)
02 Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5)
03 One Up, One Down (Take 6)

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