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All I know is that Alice Wading by the Dirty Three and Electric Alice by Grinderman are about her.
...used to accompany him on piano during 'Trane's 60s free period, before he joined the big jam in the sky. She then went on to have a respected solo career.
a pretty amazing jazz pianist who died earlier this year
Widow of John Coltrane. Played psychedelic / world-music-influenced variation on free jazz through the late 60s - early 70s.
Died earlier this year. A couple of months before I was supposed to see her play. Still bitter about that.
Good places to start: There's a best-of called something like Universal Consciousness. Of the other albums, I think A Monastic Trio is my favourite - the simplest sounding of all her albums.
will download the stuff on that blog, then if i like, ask for album for my birthday! yay birthdays!
Universal Consciousness is one of my favourite albums, it's also a really good starting point.
is amazing. Thus bump.
It's probably her best album but also one of her more out-there albums so not the ideal starting point. Depends if you are into free jazz I guess but the Ornette Coleman strings and the Rashied Ali duets are up there in intensity with John Coltrane's late stuff. I think her organ playing is an aquired taste too whereas her harp and piano stuff has more widespread appeal.
Go for one of the first 3 Impulse! albums first. My favourite is Ptah the El Daoud although they are all good.
Just realised this thread is pretty old. Oh well. People need to know about this stuff.
I like the organ playing. It kind of sounds like a shehnai (that indian reed instrument, had to google it!) at times. "Hare Krishna" sounds a bit like Vibracathedral Orchestra too.
I like it on Battle at Armageddon where the heavy reverb adds some expressiveness which is really lacking on her live organ recordings like Transfiguration.
I read somewhere that she took it up as it was the nearest she could get to John's sound on the keys. Alice Coltrane's music got me interested in Indian classical music and I get what you mean about the shehnai, it's the glissandos between the notes.
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