For this 3 tracks I am looking at the Harpist, Pianist, Devotional Singer and Swamini, Alice Coltrane.
The 10 years between 1968 – 1978 saw Alice release 14 albums on Impulse! and CBS records, after which she changed her name to Turiyasangitananda and devoted herself to the Ashram she had established in 1975. From here, her only releases were self published cassettes of spiritual music, initially only available to Ashram members, but recently re-released by Luaka Bop records on the compilation “World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda”
“Journey In Satchidananda”
1970 saw the release of not one, but two of Coltrane’s classic albums on Impulse!. Firstly came “Ptah, The El Daoud”, followed by “Journey In Satchidananda”, from which I have chosen the title track. Both albums feature Pharoah Sanders on impeccable form on Saxophone, and it was a tough decision between this track and Blue Nile from Ptah. I would check both out and also Matthew Halsall’s re-working of both tracks from 2015.
“Galaxy In Satchidananda”
1972’s also saw the release of two albums, both showcasing Alice collaborating with a string orchestra to beautiful effect. World Galaxy came first, followed by Lord Of Lords and this track is a perfect example of the interplay of Alice’s Harp and the Orchestra from the former.
From 1975’s “Eternity” album, Om Supreme sees Alice playing the Fender Rhodes keyboard and using vocals that add a spiritual feel and hint at the styles of her later devotional music. Such a beautiful track.