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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Alice Coltrane

For more than five decades, the Coltrane name remains at the forefront of modern music. It is lauded throughout the United States as well as internationally where it has received great acclaim. The musical offerings cover an eclectic variety of artistic expressions recorded on ABC Impulse, Warner Bros., and Impulse-Universal.

She was born and raised in the religious family of Solon and Anne McLeod in Detroit, Michigan, once hailed as a major musical capitol. Alice became interested in music and began her study of the piano at the age of seven. She consistently and diligently practiced and studied classical music. Subsequently, she enrolled in a more advanced study of the music of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Tschaikowsky. She once said: "Classical music for me, was an extensive, technical study for many years. At that time, I discovered it to be a truly profound music with a highly intellectual ambiance. I will always appreciate it with a kind remembrance and great esteem. Subsequent to the completion of her studies, she said, "The classical artist must respectfully recreate the composer's meaning. Although, with jazz music, you are allowed to develop your own creativity, improvisation and expression. This greatly inspires me."

She graduated from high school with a scholarship to the Detroit Institute of Technology; however, her musical achievements began to echo throughout the city, to the extent that she played in many music halls, choirs and churches, for various occasions as weddings, funerals, and religious programs. Her skills and abilities were highly enhanced when she began playing piano and organ for the gospel choir, and for the junior and senior choirs at her church. In later years, she would further her musical attributes by including organ, harp and synthesizer to her accomplishments.

After moving to New York in the early sixties, Alice met and married John Coltrane, the great creator of avant-garde music and genius and master of the tenor and soprano saxophones. His parents were very spiritual, and dedicated to service in the church in which his father faithfully served. John's mother, Mrs. Alice Coltrane, Sr., was a fine singer. He was blessed to have them as his parents.

The innovative, futuristic sounds of the Coltrane musical heritage have set a new pace for modern music that sounded the unstruck chord throughout the world. And it resounded in the hearts of many people creating a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. The vision they shared became a bright effulgence from the lighthouse of polyphonic, ethereal, universal sound, bringing clarity and understanding of the music and enhancing appreciation of it to the people.



Discography
As a leader

  • A Monastic Trio (Impulse!, 1967)
  • Cosmic Music (Impulse!, 1966-68) with John Coltrane
  • Huntington Ashram Monastery (Impulse!, 1969)
  • Ptah, the El Daoud (Impulse!, 1970)
  • Journey in Satchidananda (Impulse!, 1970)
  • Universal Consciousness (Impulse!, 1972)
  • World Galaxy (1972)
  • Lord of Lords (1973)
  • John Coltrane: Infinity (1973)
  • Reflection on Creation and Space (a Five Year View) (1973)
  • Illuminations (1974) with Carlos Santana
  • Eternity (1975)
  • Radha-Krisna Nama Sankirtana (1976)
  • Transcendence (1977)
  • Transfiguration (1978)
  • Turiya Sings (1982)
  • Divine Songs (1987)
  • Infinite Chants (1990)
  • Glorious Chants (1995)
  • Priceless Jazz (1998)
  • The Music of Alice Coltrane: Astral Meditations (1999)
  • Translinear Light (2004)
  • The Impulse Story (2006)

As a sideperson
With John Coltrane
  • Live at the Village Vanguard Again! (Impulse!, 1966)
  • Live in Japan (Impulse!, 1966 [1973])
  • Stellar Regions (Impulse!, 1966)
  • Expression (Impulse!, 1967)
  • The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording (Impulse!, 1967)

With Terry Gibbs
  • Terry Gibbs Plays Jewish Melodies in Jazztime (Mercury, 1963)
  • Hootenanny My Way (Mercury, 1963)
  • El Nutto (Limelight, 1964)

With Charlie Haden
  • Closeness (Horizon, 1976)

With Joe Henderson

  • The Elements (Milestone, 1973)

With McCoy Tyner
  • Extensions (Blue Note, 1970)
Live Albums
  • Alice Coltrane Live (1972)
  • Alice Coltrane Quartet Live In Warsaw (1987)

14 comments:

Sgt Howie said...

Another fantastic post! Here's one of your missing albums:
Alice Coltrane - 1977 - Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana
http://www.mediafire.com/?gdpa3yaj6n196au

Self-Science said...

Wonderful! Thank Howie! I couldn't find that one anywhere.

Self-Science said...

I need another copy of Transcendence (1977). One of the songs are corrupt.....

Also The Elements with Joe Henderson also has a file corrupt.

Can anyone help with those two?

Sgt Howie said...

Alice Coltrane - 1977 - Transcendence
http://www.mediafire.com/?7abhwwwl994dqnm

Self-Science said...

Thanks again Howie....

zand said...

Dorothy Ashby - Concierto de Aranjuez (1984) http://www.mediafire.com/?naxaycbh8b0awud

Vel_Kam said...

Tnx,another fantastic post!!!
John Coltrane: Infinity (1973)
http://wine-women-song.blogspot.com/2009/09/john-coltrane.html

freebones said...

thanks so much! lots of great stuff to grab here!

mr.A said...

NICE!!! Awesome post thanks!

Self-Science said...

Your welcome Freebones and Mr. A!

Anonymous said...

Hey there! I'm kinda late to this Alice post, but could you fix the links for Huntington Ashram Monastery and Ptah the el Daoud? They download as just text files or something.

Thank you so much..

Anonymous said...

Hi Anonymous, just rename the file and add .rar, and then you can easily unrar it.

Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to share with everyone that Divine Songs can be found here: http://flashstrap.blogspot.com/2010/04/spiritual-jazz-obsession-alice-coltrane.html

Enrike said...

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