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Blue World by John Coltrane

John Coltrane

Blue World

Release Date: Sep 27, 2019

Genre(s): Jazz

Record label: Verve


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Album Review: Blue World by John Coltrane

Exceptionally Good, Based on 3 Critics

Pitchfork - 84
Based on rating 8.4/10

Sometimes a thing can be hidden without really hiding. Blue World, a previously unissued cache of studio recordings by the classic John Coltrane Quartet, comes to us in this vein: For the last 55 years, a clue to its existence could clearly be heard in the soundtrack to a well-regarded French-Canadian film, which interpolated portions of three separate tracks. But only in recent years have jazz scholars connected the dots, leading to what we have here: a 37-minute album (of sorts) by one of the most compelling bands in jazz history, at an unmistakable apex of cohesion.

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The Observer (UK)
Opinion: Excellent

Y et another entry in the growing catalogue of lost-and-found recording sessions, this dates from 1964 and was made for a French-Canadian film, Le chat dans le sac. Some of it was used on the soundtrack, but this is the whole thing and it's fascinating. Coltrane and his classic quartet were then in the midst of their most creatively demanding year and everything they recorded was new.

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The Quietus
Opinion: Excellent

It's impossible to ignore a previously unissued studio session from the likes of John Coltrane. Last year when Impulse Records uncovered such a document, cut in 1963, and released as Both Directions at Once: the Lost Album, the sterling trove of music helped fill in the saxophonist's meteoric ….

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