Samstag, 5. November 2022

Alice Coltrane - Huntington Ashram Monastery (1969)

Music obviously 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.

"Huntington Ashram Monastery" is the second solo album by Alice Coltrane. Here, the High Priestess is joined by Ron Carter and Rashied Ali for this kind of cosmic jazz.

A1Huntington Ashram Monastery5:30
A3Paramahansa Lake4:29
B1Via Sivanandagar6:03
B3Jaya Jaya Rama6:25

Alice Coltrane - Huntington Ashram Monastery (1969)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

5 Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Many thanks!

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Dear Sir... restore?

rev.b hat gesagt…

While Alice Coltrane’s entire Impulse! catalog remains a beloved favorite, those first three albums (this was the 2nd) are just stunning. Live Mal Waldon in this same period, she has this ability to find these deeep, rolling bass chords that travel down through the floor and shake the foundation. Indeed, a darker shade of blues. It’s always a pleasure to revisit this music, so many thanks for the fresh link!

zero hat gesagt…

I also appreciate her music! Thanks for your feedback and enjoy the music!

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