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Alice Coltrane

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Alice Coltrane was an uncompromising pianist, composer, and bandleader who all spent nearly all her life looking for spiritually both in music and her personal life. Music went in Coltrane’s family members; her older sibling was bassist Ernie Farrow, who within the ’50s and ’60s performed in the rings of Barry Harris, Stan Getz, Terry Gibbs, and Yusef Lateef. Alice McLeod began monitoring traditional music at age seven. She went to Detroit’s Cass Techie SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL with pianist Hugh Lawson and drummer Earl Williams. As a woman she performed in cathedral and was an excellent bebop pianist within the rings of such regional music artists as Lateef and Kenny Burrell. McLeod traveled to Paris in 1959 to review with Bud Powell. She fulfilled John Coltrane while touring and documenting with Gibbs around 1962-1963; she wedded the saxophonist in 1965, and became a member of his music group — changing McCoy Tyner — twelve months later. Alice remained with John’s music group until his loss of life in 1967; on his albums Live on the Community Vanguard Once again! and Concert in Japan, her playing is normally seen as a rhythmically ambiguous arpeggios along with a pulsing width of structure. Subsequently, she produced her own rings with players such as for example Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson, Frank Lowe, Carlos Ward, Rashied Ali, Archie Shepp, and Jimmy Garrison. As well as the piano, Alice also performed harp and Wurlitzer body organ. She led some groups and documented frequently for Impulse, like the celebrated albums Monastic Trio, Trip in Satchidananda, Common Consciousness, and Globe Galaxy. She after that relocated to Warner Bros, where she released albums such as for example Transcendence, Eternity, and her double-live opus Transfiguration in 1978. Long worried about spiritual issues, Coltrane (whose religious name was “Turiyasangitananda”) founded a middle for Eastern religious study known as the Vedanta Middle in 1975. She started an extended hiatus from general public and recorded overall performance, though her 1981 appearance on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz radio series premiered by Jazz Alliance. In 1987, she led a quartet that included her sons Ravi and Oran inside a John Coltrane tribute concert in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NEW YORK. Coltrane came back to public overall performance in 1998 in a City Hall Concert with Ravi and once again at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan in 2002. She started recording once again in 2000 and finally released the stellar Translinear Light within the Verve label in 2004. Made by Ravi, it presented Coltrane on piano, body organ, and synthesizer, in a bunch of playing circumstances with luminary collaborators that included not merely her sons, but additionally Charlie Haden, Jack port DeJohnette, Jeff “Tain” W, and Wayne Genus. Following the launch of Translinear Light, she started playing live more often, including a day in Paris soon after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and a short tour in fall 2006 with Ravi. Coltrane passed away on January 12, 2007, of respiratory failing at Los Angeles’ Western Hillsides Hospital and INFIRMARY. During her very long time from the limelight, Coltrane spent her commitment on her behalf Vedanta Middle. By 1983, she experienced expanded it to be the 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram within the Agoura Hillsides, outside of LA — home to some religious community. Though she had not been mixed up in jazz globe, Coltrane quietly documented music on the ashram and distributed it to her community’s associates on four privately pressed — but skillfully documented — cassette tapes in the middle-’80s towards the middle-’90s: Turiya Sings, Divine Music, Infinite Chants, and Glorious Chants. The cassettes symbolized the expressive part of Coltrane’s practice, showing an intensely unique sound inspired from the gospel music through the Detroit churches she was raised in, Indian devotional music and chants, and undoubtedly, improvisation, performed on harp, eastern percussion, synthesizers, organs, and strings (she had written the preparations) associated with the Sai Antaram Ashram Performers and membership. In addition they display Coltrane performing for the very first time. Luaka Bop searched for the original experts, aided by Coltrane’s kids. Enlisting unique engineer Baker Bigsby, the label constructed a compilation through the four tapes. Entitled Globe Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, it had been released in-may of 2017 to commemorate both her 80th birthday and in remembrance from the tenth wedding anniversary of her loss of life. The bundle included an extended liner article by jazz historian Ashley Khan, Tag “Frosty” McNeil’s Master’s thesis, interviews with family members, ashram people, and colleagues, along with a remembrance by Surya Botofasina in discussion with Andy Beta.

Quick Facts


Full Name Alice Coltrane
Died January 12, 2007, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Composer, Sideman, Music artist, Organist, Multi-instrumentalist, Bandleader, Jazz Pianist, Harpist
Education Cass Technical High School, Detroit Institute of Technology
Nationality American
Spouse John Coltrane, Kenny Hagood
Children Ravi Coltrane, Oran Coltrane, John Coltrane Jr., Michele Hagood
Parents Anna McLeod, Solon McLeod
Siblings Ernie Farrow
Music Songs Turiya and Ramakrishna, Om Shanti, Galaxy in Turiya, Keshava Murahara, Turiya, Er Ra, Rama Guru, Something About John Coltrane, Illuminations, Madhura Manohara Giridhari, Blue Nile, Chandra Shekara, Rama Rama, Yamuna Tira Vihari, Spiritual Eternal, Shiva-Loka, Lovely Sky Boat, Sita Ram, Om Supreme, Stopover Bombay, Isis and Osiris, Galaxy in Satchidananda, Deva Deva, Jagadishwar, Oh Allah, Lord of Lords, Jaya Jaya Rama, Translinear Light, Hari Maravan, Galaxy Around Oldumare, A Love Supreme, Walk With Me
Albums Journey in Satchidananda, Ptah, the El Daoud, Illuminations, A Monastic Trio, World Galaxy, Turiya Sings, Cosmic Music, Universal Consciousness, Divine Songs, Huntington Ashram Monastery, Translinear Light, Infinite Chants, Eternity, Transcendence, Transfiguration, Infinity, Astral Meditations, The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana, Lord of Lords, Huntington Ashram Monastery / World Galaxy, The Impulse Story, Universal Consciousness / Lord of Lords, World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
Movies The Dancing Soul of the Walking People


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#Fact
1 Regarded as the father figure of avant-garde jazz.
2 Uncle of Flying Lotus.
3 Father of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.
4 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980.
5 Legendary jazz musician. Established himself by playing with jazz trumpet virtuoso Miles Davis, with whom he played from 1955-1959. Played tenor sax on Miles Davis' 1959 jazz landmark recording, "A Kind Of Blue". Has a son, Ravi Coltrane, born in 1965, who is also a jazz musician.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change 2016 Documentary performer: "Angelica"
Gotham 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bosch 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Diana 2013 performer: "Naima" / writer: "Naima"
Ida 2013 writer: "Naima", "Equinox"
Bi no tsubo TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Gent de paraula 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Switched at Birth 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Parenthood TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Magic City 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fringe TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2012 writer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2012
Shame 2011 performer: "My Favourite Things"
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place 2011 Documentary performer: "In A Sentimental Mood"
Transmissions 2009 performer: "Blue Train" / writer: "Blue Train"
Breaking Bad 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game performer: "Giant Steps" / writer: "Giant Steps" - as J. Coltrane
August 2008 performer: "Eclypso"
Dexter 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Brando 2007 TV Movie documentary performer: "Airegin"
Zodiac 2007 performer: "Mary's Blues"
King of California 2007 performer: "In A Sentimental Mood inst"
Hollywoodland 2006 performer: "Theme for Ernie"
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Prime 2005 performer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD"
Capote 2005 performer: "Easy to Remember" 1935
Beauty Shop 2005 writer: "Giant Steps" 1953
Independent Lens 2004 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Enduring Love 2004 performer: "Naima" / writer: "Naima"
The Sopranos 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Splendor 2003 performer: "My Favorite Things" 1959
Skeppsholmen 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gilmore Girls 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Comedian 2002 Documentary performer: "My Favorite Things"
Crossing Jordan 2002 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Vanilla Sky 2001 performer: "My Favorite Things" 1959
The Corruptor 1999 performer: "My One and Only Love" - as Johnny Coltrane
L'assedio 1998 performer: "My Favourite Things"
Breaking Up 1997 performer: "THEY SAY IT'S WONDERFUL"
Valkanizater 1997 performer: "Say It"
Love Jones 1997 performer: "In a Sentimental Mood"
Kids 1995 performer: "Traneing In" / writer: "Traneing In"
Terra Estrangeira 1995 performer: "Fran Dance"
Bottle Rocket 1994 Short performer: "Stevie"
A Bronx Tale 1993 performer: "Say It Over and Over Again"
Malcolm X 1992 performer: "Alabama" / writer: "Alabama"
Singles 1992 performer: "Blue Train" / writer: "Blue Train"
The Fisher King 1991 performer: "I Wish I Knew"
A Matter of Degrees 1990 performer: "Little Melonae"
Scandal 1989 music: "Blue Train" - uncredited
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser 1988 Documentary performer: "Trinkle Tinkle", "Monk's Mood"
Broken Noses 1987 Documentary "Dedicated to You"
Barfly 1987 performer: "Theme for Ernie"
The Boss' Wife 1986 "Equinox"
Calamari Union 1985 "Strictly Instrumental" / arranger: "Strictly Instrumental" / performer: "Strictly Instrumental" / writer: "Strictly Instrumental"
Kerouac, the Movie 1985 Documentary performer: "Velvet Scene", "Cattin'"
Stormy 1980 performer: "Equinox" - uncredited / writer: "Equinox" - uncredited
The Blonde 1980 performer: "My Favorite Things" - uncredited
The First Time, I Ever... 1975 performer: "Olé" - uncredited / writer: "Olé" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le banquet 2008 music
Man Outside 1965 music
Cat in the Sack 1964 music

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz Icons: John Coltrane Live in '60, '61 & '65 2007 Video

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Asia Noir V: A Lust Supreme 2006 Video apologies to

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
De laatste sessie 1991 Documentary Himself
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser 1988 Documentary Himself
Different Drummer: Elvin Jones 1979 Documentary short Himself
Jazz Casual 1963 TV Series Himself
The Robert Herridge Theater 1960 TV Series Himself
The Sound of Miles Davis 1959 TV Movie Himself
Tonight! 1955 TV Series Himself - Tenor Sax

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La musica più comica del mondo 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
My Name Is Albert Ayler 2006 Documentary Himself
Tom Dowd & the Language of Music 2003 Documentary Himself
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme 2000 Documentary Himself
Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Masters of American Music 1995 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Atlantic Records Story 1994 TV Special Himself

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#Quote
1 [on his approach to performance] I start from one point and go as far as possible. But, unfortunately, I never lose my way. I 'localize', which is to say that I think always in a given space.I rarely think of the whole of a solo, and only very briefly. I always return to the small part of the solo that I was in the process of playing. The harmonies have become for me a kind of obsession.

#Trademark
1 Intense gaze


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