Impulse!/UMe will release a previously unheard John Coltrane album, Blue World, next month.

Scheduled to launch September 27 on CD, LP, and digital formats, the new body of work has been pulled from a June 24, 1964 session, completed between the release of the LPs Crescent and A Love Supreme. Coltrane’s primary band at the time consisted of Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano, and he took the quartet into the Rudy Van Gelder’s studios in New Jersey for a look into the past. Five previously recorded songs in the John Coltrane canon were tracked for new interpretations.

Blue World was initiated as a soundtrack project for Quebec-based filmmaker Gilles Groux and his love story “Le chat dans le sac.” Groux would only use 10-minutes of the music Coltrane submitted for the film’s musical canvas, shelving the quarter-inch analog mono tapes, and they’ve never seen the light of day until now.

Kevin Reeves at Universal Music Mastering in New York mastered Blue World from the original analog tapes, with lacquers cut at Capitol Studios by Ron McMaster.

Historically, the album provides insight into a hugely significant period in Coltrane’s musical evolution, set in between two of his most transcendent recordings, Crescent and A Love Supreme.

Ahead of the release on September 27, Impulse!/UMe has shared the title track, “Blue World,” streaming below.


01. Naima (Take 1)
02. Village Blues (Take 2)
03. Blue World
04. Village Blues (Take 1)
05. Village Blues (Take 3)
06. Like Sonny
07. Traneing In
08. Naima (Take 2)