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 - Journey In Satchidananda

  • Alice Coltrane

    Journey In Satchidananda LP (1971)

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This is the most accessible of the Alice Coltrane LPs and the one that is most likely to be hard filed in record collections.  If you are a little shy and dabble in spiritual jazz, this is a nice gateway drug. All the instruments compliment each other nicely and there is no freaky, tense overplaying.  Journey In Satchidananda is Coltrane's 4th record and her second and (last?) collaboration with Pharoah Sanders.  The other, Ptah, the El Daoud is just as good!  Coltrane was a disciple of Swami Satchidananda at the time and the album reflects her experiences.  Droning sitars provide the ambiance in the title cut , the ode to her husband "Something About John Coltrane", and the track "Shiva Loka."  Again, Coltrane provides harp flourishes that take you away,  Sanders pipes in nicely throughout with his sublime sax playing, and the underrated treat of Cecil McBee's bass playing?  Amazing.  Check out his lines on the track "Stopover Bombay." You can feel the energy on this album and it's indescribable.  Definelty a must for ANY fan of music.


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