Alice Coltrane - World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane

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“Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’s devotion to spirituality was the central purpose of the final four decades of her life, an often-overlooked awakening that largely took shape during her four-year marriage to John Coltrane and after his 1967 death. [This is the] first-ever compilation of recordings from this period. This powerful, largely unheard body of work finds Alice singing for the first time in her recorded catalogue, which dates back to 1963, including appearances on six John Coltrane albums and 14 albums as bandleader, starting with her Impulse! debut in 1967, ‘A Monastic Trio.’ The songs featured here showcase a diverse array of recordings in addition to her first vocal work: solo performances on her harp, small ensembles, and a 24-piece vocal choir. The release is dotted with eastern percussion, synthesizers, organs and strings. Alice was inspired by Vedic devotional
songs from India and Nepal, adding her own music sensibility to the mix with original melodies and sophisticated song structures. She never lost her ability to draw from the bebop, blues and old-time spirituals of her Detroit youth, fusing a Western upbringing with Eastern classicism.”  LUAKA BOP