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The Impulse Story

Alice Coltrane

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The eight tracks that make up multi-instrumentalist Alice Coltrane's volume of The Impulse Story series -- single CDs to accompany both the box set The House That Trane Built and Ashley Kahn's book of the same name, is among the most satisfying in the entire collection. The tracks here range widely, documenting an artist who was indeed ahead of her time -- and for many still is. Not that she cares. She's taken some 20 years off between her last recording for Warner Bros. and her final recording on this set to devote her time to spiritual concerns -- the title cut from her magnificent 2004 comeback release, Translinear Light, is a fitting inclusion here. Like her late husband, John, and like Pharoah Sanders, Alice defined the term "spiritual jazz" with her work. This disc kicks off with "The Sun," from the joint Coltrane/Coltrane outing Cosmic Music issued in 1968 (there are vocal recitations from Pharoah Sanders and John that were recorded earlier) and issued on CD as bonus material on A Monastic Trio. The other track from that album is the truly wonderful "Lovely Sky Boat," with Alice on harp, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Rashied Ali playing drums. "Jaya Jaya Rama" is from the 1969 release Huntington Ashram Monastery, a record that has yet to be issued on CD in the United States -- though it has been beautifully remastered in Japan. The title cuts from Ptah the El Daoud, Journey in Satchidananda, and Universal Consciousness -- perhaps her finest studio moment from the 1970s -- are all included. Alice plays harp, organ, and piano, and arranges strings, and other musicians present on various pieces include Sanders, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Cecil McBee, Ali, Leroy Jenkins, Jack DeJohnette, and even Ornette Coleman. Also rightfully included here by Kahn, who compiled these volumes, is "Excerpt from the Firebird" -- yes, the one composed by Igor Stravinsky where her Wurlitzer and harp are balanced by timpani and other percussion instruments. She also did the string arrangement. The aforementioned "Translinear Light," with Ms. Coltrane playing piano in the company of son Ravi playing tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and DeJohnette on drums, is nearly ten minutes of sophisticated musical journeying that brings listeners full circle. All the titles here reflect the deep musical quest of the artist to speak from the heart of her spirituality. There isn't a weak moment here. And while true real fans can quibble all they wish about what got left off, there is no denying that this is one very powerful compilation and an excellent introduction to one of the most singular artists the "jazz" genre has ever produced. Highly recommended.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
The Sun Album Version
00:04:01

Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Pharoah Sanders, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Coltrane, Producer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ben Riley, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Rashied Ali, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Musgnug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1969 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Lovely Sky Boat Album Version
00:06:51

Alice Coltrane, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roy Musgnug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Jaya Jaya Rama
00:06:25

Ron Carter, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Coltrane, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rashied Ali, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Ptah, The El Daoud Album Version
00:13:59

Alice Coltrane, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - ED MICHEL, Producer - W.L. Barneke, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1970 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Journey In Satchidananda Album Version
00:06:36

Cecil MCBee, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Pharoah Sanders, Percussion, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Coltrane, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - ED MICHEL, Producer - Rashied Ali, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tulsi, Tambura, AssociatedPerformer - Orville O'Brien, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roy Musgnug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Majid Shabazz, Bells, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Universal Consciousness
00:05:02

John Blair, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ornette Coleman, Unknown, Other - JACK DEJOHNETTE, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Coltrane, Producer, String Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ED MICHEL, Producer - Leroy Jenkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Brand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joan Kalisch, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

The Firebird Suite (Igor Stravinsky)

7
Stravinsky: Excerpts From The Firebird
00:05:42

Murray Adler, Concertmaster, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Kelley, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Janice Gower, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - William Henderson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marilyn Baker, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Kaproff, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Myra Kestenbaum, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Igor Stravinsky, Composer, Conductor, Strings Conductor, MainArtist - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Anne Goodman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Malarsky, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sidney Sharp, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Ehrlich, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Haden, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - David Schwartz, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Coltrane, Conductor, String Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Riley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - James Getzoff, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - ED MICHEL, Producer - Bernard Kundell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Kelly, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Marron, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Raphael Kramer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Vinci, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Selic, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Kessler, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ronald Folsom, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Klass, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rollice Dale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Boghosian, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Translinear Light
00:09:49

Charlie Haden, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - JACK DEJOHNETTE, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ravi Coltrane, Producer, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Coltrane, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2004 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The eight tracks that make up multi-instrumentalist Alice Coltrane's volume of The Impulse Story series -- single CDs to accompany both the box set The House That Trane Built and Ashley Kahn's book of the same name, is among the most satisfying in the entire collection. The tracks here range widely, documenting an artist who was indeed ahead of her time -- and for many still is. Not that she cares. She's taken some 20 years off between her last recording for Warner Bros. and her final recording on this set to devote her time to spiritual concerns -- the title cut from her magnificent 2004 comeback release, Translinear Light, is a fitting inclusion here. Like her late husband, John, and like Pharoah Sanders, Alice defined the term "spiritual jazz" with her work. This disc kicks off with "The Sun," from the joint Coltrane/Coltrane outing Cosmic Music issued in 1968 (there are vocal recitations from Pharoah Sanders and John that were recorded earlier) and issued on CD as bonus material on A Monastic Trio. The other track from that album is the truly wonderful "Lovely Sky Boat," with Alice on harp, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Rashied Ali playing drums. "Jaya Jaya Rama" is from the 1969 release Huntington Ashram Monastery, a record that has yet to be issued on CD in the United States -- though it has been beautifully remastered in Japan. The title cuts from Ptah the El Daoud, Journey in Satchidananda, and Universal Consciousness -- perhaps her finest studio moment from the 1970s -- are all included. Alice plays harp, organ, and piano, and arranges strings, and other musicians present on various pieces include Sanders, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Cecil McBee, Ali, Leroy Jenkins, Jack DeJohnette, and even Ornette Coleman. Also rightfully included here by Kahn, who compiled these volumes, is "Excerpt from the Firebird" -- yes, the one composed by Igor Stravinsky where her Wurlitzer and harp are balanced by timpani and other percussion instruments. She also did the string arrangement. The aforementioned "Translinear Light," with Ms. Coltrane playing piano in the company of son Ravi playing tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and DeJohnette on drums, is nearly ten minutes of sophisticated musical journeying that brings listeners full circle. All the titles here reflect the deep musical quest of the artist to speak from the heart of her spirituality. There isn't a weak moment here. And while true real fans can quibble all they wish about what got left off, there is no denying that this is one very powerful compilation and an excellent introduction to one of the most singular artists the "jazz" genre has ever produced. Highly recommended.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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