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CD review: John Coltrane – 1963: New Directions 2018: Video

Jazz historians have long designated 1963 as a pivotal year in the genre’s history, thanks in no small part to John Coltrane’s indelible contributions to jazz that year. In the summer, Impulse! stunned jazz fans worldwide when they unveiled a lost Coltrane artifact, entitled Both Directions at Once, that reaffirmed Coltrane’s excellence.

The unreleased recording session within showed the saxophonist wholeheartedly exploring new territories in jazz. Though that session remained unreleased for 50+ years, Coltrane released an impressive four albums on Impulse! in 1963, also recorded a live album at Birdland that arrived the following year, and performed a set at Newport that was released posthumously. Now, Impulse! collects all those genre-stretching recordings together for the first time on a new box set called 1963: New Directions.

The collection brings together every track that John Coltrane released on Impulse! that year, presented in the order they were recorded. That includes material from the recent, acclaimed Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Dear Old Stockholm, Newport ’63, and Live at Birdland. 1963: New Directions also boasts new liner notes, and several new art pieces that make up the packaging. By bringing all the releases together for the first time ever, the set presents crucial recordings that see a master musician exploring and expanding the reach of the jazz idiom.

Disc: 1
1. Vilia (Take 3)
2. Vilia (Take 5)
3. Untitled Original 11383 (Take 1)
4. Nature Boy
5. Impressions (Take 1)
6. Impressions (Take 2)
7. Impressions (Take 3)
8. Impressions (Take 4)
9. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 1)
10. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 2)
11. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5)
12. One Up, One Down (Take 1)
13. One Up, One Down (Take 6)

Disc: 2
1. Slow Blues
2. They Say It’s Wonderful – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
3. Lush Life – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
4. My One and Only Love – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
5. Autumn Serenade – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
6. Dedicated to You – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
7. You Are Too Beautiful – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
8. After the Rain
9. Dear Old Stockholm
10. I Want to Talk About You (Live at Newport Jazz Festival, July 7, 1963)

Disc: 3
1. My Favorite Things (Live at Newport Jazz Festival, July 7, 1963)
2. Impressions (Live at Newport Jazz Festival, July 7, 1963)
3. The Promise (Live at Birdland, NYC, October 8, 1963)
4. I Want to Talk About You (Live at Birdland, NYC, October 8, 1963)
5. Afro-Blue (Live at Birdland, NYC, October 8, 1963)
6. Your Lady
7. Alabama

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