A John Coltrane Album Finally Hits the Charts — 51 Years After His Death

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John Coltrane’s The Lost Album charting in the UK’s Top 20 chart makes it his first ever time in the charts.

Thanks to a very lucky and fortunate find, unreleased music from legendary jazz musician John Coltrane is now seeing the light of day.  The album, which was recorded by the John Coltrane Quartet at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey in a day, was released on June 29th, 2018 on Impulse! Records/Decca.

Rocking the jazz world, this album has found its way up to No. 15 in the UK’s Official Album Chart.  Not only is this Coltrane’s highest charting album, it’s also the first album to chart — period.  It’s also his biggest in opening week sales.

Coltrane’s first wife, Naima, recently uncovered the album.

With the master tapes of Coltrane’s originals being destroyed, Van Gelder provided copies to Coltrane prior to their destruction.  Naima, Coltrane’s first wife, discovered the copies in her home.  Upon the album’s discovery, Ravi Coltrane, John’s son, and Ken Druker, Van Gelder’s studio executive, put the tracks together for the 7-track album.

Two of the tracks are known as “11383” and “11386,” which are untitled originals.

Jazz music has seen impressive growth over the last few years.

In recent years, jazz music has enjoyed a nice uptick, and The Lost Album‘s success reflects that trend.  Furthermore, younger audiences are attending jazz concerts, which causes shows to become more diverse.  According to American Blues Scene, “US saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s latest album, Heaven and Earth, charted at No. 13 last week.”

Additionally, “the announcement of the new Coltrane album sees two instrumental jazz albums, released in consecutive weeks, on the UK’s main pop chart,” the post adds.

“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,” states Martin Talbot of Official Chart Company.

Born on September 23rd, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane quickly became one of the most influential jazz artists of all time.  His career was only 22 years long and none of his 25 albums charted.  He died in 1967, and was posthumously awarded two Grammy awards and a Pulitzer Prize.