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Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Image
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  • Summary: A copy of the legendary jazz saxophonist's March 1963 session with producer Bob Thiele and Coltrane's band: McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Jimmy Garrison features two never heard before songs. A deluxe edition includes seven alternative takes, including four of "Impressions."
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  1. 100
    It’s a most welcome and inevitably stunning missing chapter from one of jazz’s finest quartet.
  2. Jun 29, 2018
    95
    As strong and revealing as the bare-bones collection is, it’s hard to imagine a Coltrane freak who won’t want to plunk for the deluxe version. It affords one of the deepest looks available at the way Trane addressed creative choices in the studio. No less than three more versions of “Impressions” are heard on the second disc, and they are the best advertisement for the two-disc package. ... Is its belated arrival a godsend? Absolutely.
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    90
    For the die-hards, the ones who have charted the Classic Quartet's every move, from the early glories of the Coltrane LP to the fiery outpourings heard on albums like Sun Ship from 1965, it's another small but crucial puzzle piece in the group's still-stunning evolution during its roughly three-year lifespan. For everyone else, it's an unvarnished, day-in-the-life portrait of an icon--and the three musical giants that helped him achieve that status--at work.
  4. Jul 13, 2018
    90
    Whatever the plan was, Both Directions at Once isn’t just a treat for the hardcore, either in terms of Coltrane or jazz more broadly.
  5. Jul 2, 2018
    86
    It can give you new respect for the rigor, compression, and balance of some of his other albums from the period. It is at times, as Coltrane’s son Ravi pointed out, surprisingly like a live session in a studio; parts of the music sound geared toward a captive audience. That may be the best thing about it.
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    Improv conundrums but with an unwavering spiritual intent, these on-the-fly Coltrane experiments were part of a 1960s step-change in the evolution of jazz and much else in contemporary music, still making waves from those long-gone analogue days to the eclectic present.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jul 3, 2018
    80
    It's the fiery One Up, One Down and the four zigzagging interpretations of Impressions that truly add tot he indispensability of this set. [Aug 2018, p.119]

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