Sunday, March 22, 2009


Journey in Satchidananda - Alice Coltrane

Rating: 4.5/10
Sound Quality: 320 kb/s
Format: Mp3
Record Label: Impulse
Year Released: 1970
Album Covers: Front
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Note From Dada!
Όταν πρωτοάκουσα το ομώνυμο track του δίσκου το "Journey in Satchidananda" κατάλαβα από που είχαν ξεσηκώσει η Cinematic Orchestra τoν ήχο τους. Αρπίστρια της Jazz (νομίζω ότι μόνο αυτή και η Dorothy Ashby κατάφεραν να ενσωματώσουν τόσο αρμονικά αυτό το όργανο σε αυτούς τους ήχους) και γυναίκα του John Coltrane.

About Alice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane (née McLeod) (August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007) was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, composer, and the wife of John Coltrane. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Coltrane studied classical music, and was given piano lessons by Bud Powell. She began playing jazz as a professional in Detroit, with her own trio and as a duo with vibist Terry Pollard. From 1962 to 1963 she played with Terry Gibbs's quartet, during which time she met John Coltrane. She replaced McCoy Tyner as pianist with John Coltrane's group in 1965. She married Coltrane in 1966, and continued playing with the band until his death in 1967. John Coltrane became stepfather to Alice's daughter Michelle, and the couple had three children: drummer John Jr., and saxophonists Oran and Ravi. John Jr. died in a car crash in 1982.

After John Coltrane (Sr.)'s death she continued to play with her own groups, moving into more and more meditative music, and later playing with her children. She was one of the few harpists in the history of jazz. Her essential recordings were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse! Records.

Coltrane was a devotee of the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba. In 1972, Coltrane moved to California, where she established the Vedantic Center (see Vedanta) in 1975. By the late 1970s she had changed her name to Turiyasangitananda. Coltrane was the spiritual director, or swamini, of Shanti Anantam Ashram (later renamed Sai Anantam Ashram in Chumash Pradesh) which The Vedantic Center established in 1983 near Malibu, California. On rare occasions, she continued to perform publicly under the name Alice Coltrane.

The 1990s saw renewed interest in her work, which led to the release of the compilation Astral Meditations, and in 2004 she released her comeback album Translinear Light. Following a twenty-five-year break from major public performances, she returned to the stage for three U.S. appearances in the fall of 2006, culminating on November 4 with a concert in San Francisco with her son Ravi, drummer Roy Haynes, and bassist Charlie Haden.

Alice Coltrane died of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in suburban Los Angeles.

Paul Weller dedicated his song "Song For Alice (Dedicated to the Beautiful Legacy of Mrs. Coltrane)," from his album 22 Dreams, to Coltrane.


Jonas said...

Thanks for this, it's a really solid album and a good start if you want to get to know the sound of Alice.

Radiodada said...

Hi Jonas!
i believe it's one of her best.

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