Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A Love Supreme

A very splendid write-up of pianist/composer Alice Coltrane.

She filled in for McCoy Tyner as Coltrane's pianist in 1966, helping drive her husband's music to new avant-garde dimensions. After John Coltrane's death in 1967, she made a series of albums weaving Hindu and one-world religious messages with free jazz and modal improvisations, switching between outlandish timbres like jazz harp (a historical first), jazz organ, sitar and tamboura. She was accompanied and assisted on those recordings by such artists as Tyner, Ornette Coleman and Pharoah Sanders.
Read the rest here. She's playing a show in NJ and I'd give a tooth to be there.

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