Unearthed John Coltrane album, ‘Blue World,’ to be released

Listen to the title track now, 55 years after it was recorded.

Another lost John Coltrane record has been found: Next month, Impulse! Records will release Blue World, an album the saxophonist recorded for Le chat dans le sac, a French-Canadian film by director Gilles Groulx. Its title track is out now.

Coltrane recorded Blue World in June 1964, between Crescent and A Love Supreme, with double bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner in New Jersey’s Van Gelder Studios. Ultimately, Groulx only used ten of the 37 minutes of recorded music for his film.

Blue World consists mainly of past compositions Coltrane revisited upon Groulx’s request. “Gilles had a list of the music he wanted and later he told me when he gave the list to Coltrane… they just started jamming and recorded for several hours,” the film’s lead actress Barbara Ulrich told music historian Ashley Khan for the record’s liner notes.


She added, “Then [producer] Rudy [Van Gelder] gave Gilles the tape and that was it. When he got back he was absolutely ecstatic. He knew exactly where he was going to use the music in the film.”

Blue World follows Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, another unearthed Coltrane record officially released last year. It will be released on September 27 via Impulse!/UMe.

Listen to the title track here:


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