Years of canonization have obscured how John Coltrane was at a bit of crossroads in the early '60s, playing increasingly adventurous music on-stage while acquiescing to Impulse!'s desire to record marketable albums. Whenever he could, producer Bob Thiele would capture Coltrane working out new music with pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. One of these sessions happened at Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio on March 6, 1963, when Coltrane's quartet was in the thick of a residency at New York's Birdland and just before they were scheduled to cut an album with vocalist Johnny Hartman.
John Coltrane will have his recordings from 1963 collected in one 3CD set due for release as 1963: New Directions on Impulse! Records on 16 November, 2018.
Recorded eight months before his death from liver cancer, the concert album Offering: Live at Temple University features legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane performing with his quintet in his hometown of Philadelphia on November 11, 1966. Although it's been available in various incomplete bootleg forms over the years, Resonance's Offering is the first official, complete, and fully mastered version to be released. Produced from a set of long-lost master tapes rediscovered by Coltrane's son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Offering showcases the late jazz innovator's final ensemble featuring his wife, keyboardist Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, bassist Sonny Johnson (sitting in for Jimmy Garrison), drummer Rashied Ali, and a coterie of local guest musicians.
There’s nothing like a lost album to pique your interest about a legend of jazz. If you’re as ignorant about the genre as I am, almost every album remains unheard, lying in wait of exploratory ears. But something about the discovery of some heretofore unreleased recording inspires me to suddenly dive in. That’s how it happened with Both Directions At Once, the lost John Coltrane album Impulse Records excavated this year. And it may be happening again with Mønk, a sonic archaeology project starring the great Thelonious Monk.