A lost album from iconic jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and the classic John Coltrane Quartet lineup recorded in 1964 has been rediscovered and is set for release next month.
Titled, Blue World, the recordings on the album features McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums), in addition to Coltrane, of course. The album is set to arrive via Impulse!/UMe on September 27th. The inspiration for the recordings initially came at the request of Canadian filmmaker Gilles Groulx, who had asked Coltrane to and his band to help soundtrack his 1964 Canadian-French film, Le chat dans le sac (The Cat in the Bag).
The eight recordings to be featured on the lost album were reportedly recorded in one day at New Jersey’s Van Gelder Studios back on June 24th, 1964. Reaching 33-minutes in total runtime, the album went uncataloged by Coltrane enthusiasts and jazz fanatics for so many years due to the session going unnoted in the studio’s recording logs.
The album notably includes new studio versions of “Village Blues” (three different takes), “Traneing In”, “Like Sonny”, and “Naima” (two takes), with the latter having been initially recorded five years earlier for album Giant Steps.
The album’s title track was released to go with the album’s announcement on Friday. Listen to the 1964 recording below.
John Coltrane – “Blue World“
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Blue World will follow the 2018 release of another forgotten JCQ studio album in Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album. The collection of recordings from 1963 was finally released last June and posthumously provided Coltrane with his first-ever debut on the Billboard 200 sales chart.
Head here to pre-order Blue World ahead of its release next month.