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Alice Coltrane: In the Spirit

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in December 2002. Alice Coltrane walked out onstage, joining an ensemble led by her son Ravi on a recent and historic night at Joe's Pub. The bassist Darryl Hall played an immediately recognizable four-note line and the group (also featuring drummer E.J. Strickland) launched into the only reasonable song they could have chosen for the evening, if one that many in the packed room might well ...

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Album Review

Alice Coltrane: Carnegie Hall '71

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Welcome to the Alice Coltrane Kollectors' Korner. Before entering, discard any nagging ethical concerns about bootlegs and pirated recordings. Call them “unofficial releases" instead. Embrace your inner completist. 2019 has been a good year for members of ACKK. First we had Alice Coltrane Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972 (BCT, 2019). The album features Coltrane fronting a percussion-focused, horn-free sextet on harp, acoustic piano and Wurlitzer organ. She performs one of her own tunes ("Journey In ...

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Album Review

Alice Coltrane: Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972

Read "Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972" reviewed by Chris May


Conventional belief holds that Alice Coltrane was the dreamy, mellifluous partner in John Coltrane's late period, out-there sonic explorations. The truth is otherwise, as attentive listening to the recordings the two Coltranes made together in 1966 and 1967 demonstrates. The misapprehension stems from the gentler albums Alice made for Impulse in the first few years following her husband's passing. A Monastic Trio (1968), Huntington Ashram Monastery (1969), Ptah, The El Daoud (1970), Journey In Satchidananda (1971) and World Galaxy (1972) ...

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Album Review

Alice Coltrane: Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros Studio Recordings

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The most arcane albums in Alice Coltrane's catalogue are not, as is widely supposed, the post-Impulse! mid-1970s discs collected on Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros Studio Recordings. They are instead a series of cassettes Coltrane released in limited editions on her Avatar label during the 1980s and early 1990s, when she had retired from the public arena and was focusing on devotional music and leading a meditation centre in California. Unlike the Avatar recordings, the three ...

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Live Review

The Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda at Fringearts

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The Sai Anantam Ashram Singers with Rudresh Mahanthappa The Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda October Revolution Festival Fringearts Philadelphia, PA October 7, 2018 Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (1937 -2007) was the second wife of John Coltrane. Raising a family with him, she was also a fine pianist and replaced McCoy Tyner in Trane's quartet for a short time. Following his death, she experienced an emotional crisis which led her ...

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Album Review

Alice Coltrane: Huntington Ashram Monastery / World Galaxy

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Composer, pianist, keyboard player, harpist and bandleader Alice (McLeod) Coltrane married John Coltrane in 1965. She played in her husband's band until his passing in 1967 but his influence remained strong throughout her music thereafter. Few of her albums reflect this influence more strongly than Huntington Ashram Monastery, recorded in 1969, and World Galaxy, recorded in 1971, here combined as part of the Impulse!/Universal 2-on-1 Impulse! reissue series.Huntington captures a trio date with bassist Ron Carter and drummer ...

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Multiple Reviews

Alice Coltrane: The Flowering of Astral Jazz

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The launch of Impulse! Records' 2-on-1 reissue series--which packages two original LPs on one CD--includes six key albums from the glorious first flowering of the astral jazz forged by pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders on Impulse! towards the end of the 1960s. The style emerged following saxophonist John Coltrane's passing in 1967, when Alice Coltrane and Sanders--both members of John Coltrane's later groups--repositioned at center stage the African and Indian percussion instruments and ...


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