‘Let’s blow anyway’

“Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album,” is a full set of material recorded by the John Coltrane Quartet on a single day in March 1963.

Imagine how thrilling and appalling it must be, all at once, for a gigging jazzman to learn that a lost John Coltrane album is due to be released on June 29.

Remember your Jack Kerouac, whose Sal Paradise recalls some young bop musicians urging George Shearing to step out of the audience and play at a Chicago club in “On the Road”:

He played innumerable choruses with amazing chords that mounted higher and higher until the sweat splashed all over the piano and everybody listened in awe and fright. They led him off the stand after an hour. He went back to his dark corner, old God Shearing, and the boys said, “There ain’t nothin’ left after that.”

But the slender leader frowned. “Let’s blow anyway.”

Something would come of it yet. There’s always more, a little further — it never ends.


8 Responses to “‘Let’s blow anyway’”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Now, if they could just find Robert Johnson’s 30th song.

    Speaking of music that doesn’t suck, we watched this the other day and really enjoyed it.


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Bob’s 30th is probably down at the crossroads. The devil can point it out to you, I’m sure.

      Meanwhile, I gotta hear a symphony orchestra and chorus do “Juke Box Hero.”

    • Carl Duellman Says:

      i’ve been revisiting a lot of the music i didn’t care for back in my youth. i gave reo speedwagon, journey, rush a fresh listen and they really weren’t as awful as i was making them out to be and i would say they were actually pretty good. unfortunately foreigner didn’t make the cut. for some reason they just never clicked with me.

      there was a show on pbs about ‘a love supreme’ a few months back. though i don’t really care for jazz that much i was blown away by john coltrane and the concept behind the album. i need to give that a serious listen sometime.

  2. mooremediaone Says:

    Hurray for “On the Road”. I’ve done that book cover to cover about 3 or 4 times, time to do it again I think.

    Need a new copy, my current version from the 70’s won’t survive another lap.

  3. Charley Auer Says:

    This will cost me some money depending on the type vinyl or CD. A very awesome quartet, if you a jazz fan.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Did you listen to the one piece the NYT posted? Man, that was smokin’. I’ve been adding to the jazz collection here at El Rancho Pendejo, and that “new” Coltrane is looking like a must-have.

  4. Libby Says:

    Thanks, Patrick, for bringing this to our attention. I want to hear it all.

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