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Alice Coltrane

Alice Coltrane was an uncompromising pianist, composer and bandleader, who spent the majority of her life seeking spiritually in both music and her private life. Music ran in Alice Coltrane's family; her older brother was bassist Ernie Farrow, who in the '50s and '60s played in the bands of Barry Harris, Stan Getz, Terry Gibbs, and especially Yusef Lateef. Alice McLeod began studying classical music at the age of seven. She attended Detroit's Cass Technical High School with pianist Hugh Lawson and drummer Earl Williams. As a young woman she played in church and was a fine bebop pianist in the bands of such local musicians as Lateef and Kenny Burrell. McLeod traveled to Paris in 1959 to study with Bud Powell. She met John Coltrane while touring and recording with Gibbs around 1962-1963; she married the saxophonist in 1965, and joined his band -- replacing McCoy Tyner -- one year later. Alice stayed with John's band until his death in 1967; on his albums Live at the Village Vanguard Again! and Concert in Japan, her playing is characterized by rhythmically ambiguous arpeggios and a pulsing thickness of texture.

Subsequently, she formed her own bands with players such as Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson, Frank Lowe, Carlos Ward, Rashied Ali, Archie Shepp, and Jimmy Garrison. In addition to the piano, Alice also played harp and Wurlitzer organ. She led a series of groups and recorded fairly often for Impulse, including the celebrated albums Monastic Trio, Journey in Satchidananda, Universal Consciousness, and World Galaxy. She then moved to Warner Brothers, where she released albums such as Transcendence, Eternity, and her double live opus Transfiguration in 1978.

Long concerned with spiritual matters, Coltrane founded a center for Eastern spiritual study called the Vedanta Center in 1975. Also, she began a long hiatus from public or recorded performance, though her 1981 appearance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz radio series was released by Jazz Alliance. In 1987, she led a quartet that included her sons Ravi and Oran in a John Coltrane tribute concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Coltrane returned to public performance in 1998 at a Town Hall Concert with Ravi and again at Joe's Pub in Manhattan in 2002.

She began recording again in 2000 and eventually issued the stellar Translinear Light on the Verve label in 2004. Produced by Ravi, it featured Coltrane on piano, organ, and synthesizer, in a host of playing situations with luminary collaborators that included not only her sons, but also Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and James Genus. After the release of Translinear Light, she began playing live more frequently, including a date in Paris shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and a brief tour in fall 2006 with Ravi. Coltrane died on January 12, 2007, of respiratory failure at Los Angeles' West Hills Hospital and Medical Center. ~ Chris Kelsey, Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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YES THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT JOHN COLTRANE !!!! GOD KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING :) x
TURIYA & RAMAKRISHNA is downright FUNKY with a BLUES tinge
Percussive but sweet sounding !!!
Alice had MAD SKILLS :) x
REFLECTIVE MUSIC FOR THE SOUL X
STOPOVER BOMBAY is MAD FLOW !!!! I love Mrs Coltrane's sound X
If you are an Astral Traveler.... . T h i s music is a great doorway to pass through (literally). Selah
Her music is part of the song track of my life
lrw198
Long will her Light Inspire
will never forget the concert I attended with Alice and Ravi in late dec. of 2006. spine tingling.... .
Jazz.Jazz.
oooooooooooo o o o o o h yes
True Jazz....jazz @ it best....ther e are so many GREAT jazz musicians it would take me to the dawn of time to listen to THEM all
this woman was a saint. sitting in her ashram one sunday some years ago, i burst into tears as she entered the room.rarely have i been in the presence of such a powerful,yet humble being.to hear her simple discourse and participate in singing the bhajans was a joy i will never forget!
arrowbiz
Alice Coltrane was the future of jazz for most of her career. I listen to her music when I can't sleep, almost always ending up with a peaceful but optimist mind and able to fall asleep with hope for the morning after. Spiritual genius in the body of a female jazz artist.
SHE'S THE BEST OF ALL TIMES. BEYOND WORDS. SHE REPRESENTS HEAVEN ON EARTH OR SHOULD I SAY PARADISE.
Hard to listen to. Better to feel, turn the lights out. Try not to hear what you think you should.Just listen. I could not figure it out. Hell it took twenty years just to sit and listen to Miles B**ches Brew and Water Babies. this s&%t is deep.
eellene
Higher heights.
Haven,t listen to Alice in a long, long time. There IS light enough for everyone.
eyeofraphoto g r a p h y
the high priestess of jazz...your memory lives your music is eternal
robertthomas s c o t t
I feel the same energy from Alice & John, perhaps in a more impulsive male aspect from him and a more introspectiv e female aspect from her, but sharing a similar direction. Words fail. I love Alice.
YEEEEESSSSSS ! ! ! ! ! Alice still lives!!! Forever!!!
tpoe9life
Alice Coltrane**** * A l i c e Coltrane**** * A l i c e Coltrane
John Coltrane**** * * J o h n Coltrane**** * * J o h n Coltrane
********THIS IS THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ TRAIN ONE MUST BOARD ON THAT JOURNEY
TO SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMEN T * * * * * * * * L I S T E N JUST LISTEN****** * * * * * * * * * * * * *
tpoe9life
Alice Coltrane Alice Coltrane Alice Coltrane (What Else Do One Say)
jasonamber80
LOVE ALICE, the only other Jazz harpist I know is Dorthy Ashby and just the idea of a Jazz Harp is SWEEEEETTTT. Journey to Satchidanand a is awesome and hard to say. Love her and Pharoah Sanders' use of middle eastern influences. Spirit JAzz in it's finest.
It is intriguing to listen to this genre of masterpieces developed and played almost 45 years ago. Simply stated, the Coltane era is missed in today's modern society, but stands the test of ageless time. It still speaks.....

Alice takes on more than a musical journey...He r music takes one on a spiritual journey. Lush tones and phenomenal transitions. WOW!
I love Alice Coltrane music!
Alice Coltrane also played on a few cuts with Carlos Santana and his band back in the 1970s when he dabbled with fusion. Check out "Welcome" and "Borboletta. "
Where's the 2002 Trancendence , 2004 Translinear Light & 2008 Universal Consciousnes s . My fav of the 3 is Trancendence - the first 3 songs.
soundimage5
I haven't heard her play since before McCoy and the Classic Q. Where was I ?! I also second the Joe Z sentiments. Gonna have to back track on Mrs. Trane!!
waddellenvir o
How have I missed listening to this wonderful music? I've always been a big fan of Pharoah Sanders, John Coltrane and Indian modal music. Thank you Pandora for finding this marvelous artist. Alas, both she and Joe Zawinul will be missed after their recent passing.
love her music.
i continue to enjoy alice coltrane music and love her energy as she played the piano with great emotional vigor!
hearing A Monastic Trio brings back the first ecstatic listening time of my youth,but to find she has passed brings chills.A unique voice at it's own time
wisdomspeake r s
thank you for yor light and good energy. you are missed and respected.

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