Jowcol Music announced that they have expanded a deal in the US with Words & Music (a division of Big Deal Music Group) to include mechanical licensing in addition to a YouTube collection and non-exclusive sync services agreement with the independent publisher. Jowcol Music Inc. was established over 50 years ago by John Coltrane and controls the compositions by John and Alice Coltrane.
Ravi Coltrane and Jowcol’s attorney and music publishing administrator Michael Frisch, of Shukat, Arrow, Hafer, Weber & Herbsman LLP, have commented on behalf of the Estate that “we’re looking forward to working more closely with the team at Words & Music on various projects at a time that has been exceptionally busy for the catalog.”
In June 2018, Impulse! Records released Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album from 1963 which includes two never-before-heard original compositions from the classic quartet in its prime. The reels from the session were only recently found and quickly became the highest charting album of John Coltrane’s career, performing at the top of the charts all around the world. In 2017, Luaka Bop released Alice Coltrane’s stunning World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and in September 2018 Real Gone Music released the 2 CD deluxe box set, Alice Coltrane Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings featuring all three of Alice’s 1970s Warner Bros. Records albums. Coming up November 16th, Impulse! will release 1963: New Directions featuring material of Coltrane’s recordings during that year from the albums Both Directions, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Dear Old Stockholm, Newport ’63, and Live at Birdland. The year 2019 will bring more major releases and other milestones for both John and Alice’s music.
“It’s beyond an honor to work with Jowcol Music on behalf of the catalogs of John and Alice Coltrane; two composers and master musicians who have been among the most influential and inspiring artists in any genre. Their work plugs us in directly to positive forces beyond our limited five-sensory selves”. Damon Booth, VP A&R/Client Services, Big Deal Music Group.