John Coltrane hits the charts

John Coltrane has scored his first ever place in the UK's official album chart, with his latest release, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

It’s taken a while, but John Coltrane has finally made it into the UK’s top 20. His posthumous studio album Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse! Records/Decca) has charted in the Official Album Chart, marking the pioneering saxophonist's biggest opening week sales and highest chart position of all time.

The newly discovered studio album features previously unheard compositions recorded in 1963 by Coltrane’s classic quartet – McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b), Elvin Jones (d). It has charted at number 15, making it the oldest original recording to chart this year. The success of the album is part of an apparent resurgence in the popularity of jazz. Saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s latest album Heaven And Earth has also charted, at number 13. The momentum surrounding the announcement of the new Coltrane album sees two instrumental jazz albums, released in consecutive weeks, in the main pop chart.

Martin Talbot, of the Official Chart Company, said “It is quite remarkable that it has taken until 2018 for John Coltrane to register a chart hit album – and says everything about the British public’s love for classic, timeless jazz”.

Bruce Lindsay

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