John Coltrane – Blue World

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In 1964, Coltrane was approached by the French Canadian director Gilles Groulx to record a soundtrack for his film Le chat dans le sac. In June of that year, between the recording sessions for Crescent and A Love Supreme, Coltrane brought his Classic Quartet — pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones — to Van Gelder Studios to revisit and record new versions of his earlier works for Groulx.

Recorded on 1/4″ analogue mono tape, the session was mixed by Rudy Van Gelder on June 24, 1964. Although Groulx took the master to Canada with him, he only used ten minutes of the 37-minute recording. But now, the original analogue tape has been remastered, and the full never-before-heard recording is being released under the title Blue World. Hear its title track below.

Blue World is released on 27 September. Pre-order it here.

Track listing:

1 Naima (Take 1)
2 Village Blues (Take 2)
3 Blue World
4 Village Blues (Take 1)
5 Village Blues (Take 3)
6 Like Sonny
7 Traneing In
8 Naima (Take 2)


  • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • McCoy Tyner – piano
  • Jimmy Garrison – bass
  • Elvine Jones – drums


Label: Verve Label Group
Copyright: ℗ An Impulse! Records/Universal Music Enterprises release; 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc. © 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Total Length: 36:33