Turn up your subwoofer and...listen, at least?
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Coltrane studied classical music, and was given piano lessons by Bud Powell. She began playing jazz as a professional in Detroit, with her own trio and as a duo with vibist Terry Pollard. From 1962 to 1963 she played with Terry Gibbs's quartet, during which time she met John Coltrane. She played piano with his group from 1965 until his death in 1967, and married him in 1966. In addition to John becoming step-father to Alice's daughter Miki, they had three children: drummer John Jr., and saxophonists Oran and Ravi. John Jr. died in a car crash at the beginning of the 1980s.
Since her husband's death she continued to play with her own groups, moving into more and more meditative music, and recently playing with her children. She was one of the few harpists in the history of jazz. In the early 1970s, after years of involvement with Eastern religion, Coltrane took the name Swamini Turiyasangitananda. She was a devotee of the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba. She still performed under the name of Alice Coltrane, however, up until her death in January 2007.
(In order of recording.)
- A Monastic Trio (1967–68)
- Huntington Ashram Monastery (1969)
- Ptah, the El Daoud (1970)
- Journey in Satchidananda (1970)
- Astral Meditations (1966–71)
- Universal Consciousness (1972)
- World Galaxy (1972)
- Lord of Lords (1972)
- John Coltrane: Infinity (1973)
- Reflection on Creation and Space (A Five Year View) (1973)
- The Elements (1973; with Joe Henderson)
- Illuminations (1974; with Carlos Santana)
- Radha-Krisna Nama Sankirtana (1976)
- Transcendence (1977)
- Transfiguration (1978)
- Divine Songs (1987)
- Translinear Light (2004; with Ravi Coltrane)
In A Silent Way
A Tribute To
Black Beauty: Live
At Fillmore West
Live At Fillmore: Live
At The Fillmore East
On The Corner
Get Up With It
In Concert: Live
At Philharmonic Hall
Dark Magus: Live
At Carnegie Hall
Live At The Filmore East
(It's About That
I want to go back to the past to the future to the present to the past and steal the title Live-Evil.
(Sorry, I pulled a ___ and cross-posted the exact same thing into Myspace, but I don't have all day to write up something else. Sorry you don't feel special.)
Whatareyoudoin' on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006? Oh word? You're going to see me and Lapsed open for Mr. Jamie Lidell at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake? How kind of you. Well, we'll repay you with a nice-bordering-on-mean set. Sound good?
Seriously, do not miss this. I can't even believe Jamie Lidell is stopping here, let alone in a small club.
I promise to only post this once more :)