ALICE COLTRANE / “Journey in Satchidananda”

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7 Responses to “ALICE COLTRANE / “Journey in Satchidananda””

b Says:
January 22nd, 2007 at 11:08 am

I must admit that I wasn’t really “up” on Alice Coltrane’s body of work while she was alive. But part of the legacy of an artist is having your work continue to breathe life long after you have left this world. These songs that you have chosen to represent Ms. Coltrane are soothing and healing to the spirit. I will be sure to honor her legacy by listening to more Alice Coltrane in the future. I already know that her spirit will rest peacefull. Ashe.

Qawi Robinson Says:
January 22nd, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Thanks Guys for this. She is FIERCE on the keys, just as FIERCE as ‘Trane’s sax. Bud Powell’s influence as well as her Divine talent definitely make her somewhat of a prolific musician/pianist/keyboardist. Nowadays, we can think of Roberta Flack, Diana Krall, Aretha Franklin, even Alicia Keyes, as talented piano players. However, much respect to Alice for the generation that she lived in, and being able to go beyond the legendary shadow of John Coltrane. Since two of her sons are musicians, I wonder what her daughter is doing.

As far as Ghana Nila is concerned, as a Christian, I’m not taken aback. It is SOUL Music…as in Saving your SOUL music. 🙂 Especially the ending…you can’t tell me they ain’t singing Gospel in another language.

Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira Says:
January 22nd, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for this one.
I do never liked the term Black music.
Alice Coltrane is really big in Europe and Japan, she is like a Goddess.
Her contribution to the current wave of new music is really BIG.

It is really wrong to limit our children to this very ghettoization of art. In individualism we find uncorrupted self.

Her music was influenced by extended improvisation and Asian / Indian art as well.

But being highly individual that it is universal.

This current generation stagnation is due to this ghettoization.
We are not open to the world.
We just internationalized this racist bias – Black rhythm.

For example European modernists weren´t afraid of the pigmy music, some even said it is more advanced than the European art music.
And in Nick Drake music I heard African music.

If I am wrong about our ghettoization…
Then why is it that there is´t currently no African person, under 40 (be it from Africa or from USA) that is advancing any instrument sound?

And please check Steve Reid, Luis Moholo, Victor Gama –, he is a composer, instrument builder and theorist have worked with William Parker also.
Check grime, an “alternative“ to hip hop that been bombarding London underground.

One of the best composers alive Anthony Braxton – , William Grant Still, Elizabeth Cotten – for me one of the best guitarist ever, Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Leo Smith and all the AACM visionaries, George Lewis. Eric Dolphy…

Sorry my rambling, it just makes me sad that I only have to check European mags like to find really Africans and Africans-Americans that worth to read about or to listen to.

Sorry my English and thanks for this one.

Greg Says:
January 24th, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Great stuff! I too was sadly deficient in my knowledge of Ms Coltrane’s work, tho’ I am greatly in love with John’s. Thanks for the eye- & ear- & mind-opening introduction.

DEOCLIciano Okssipin Vieira Says:
January 24th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

I just forget to post this… Unedited Transcript By Edwin Pouncey, an Alice Coltrane interview. Its from The Wire 218, April 2002. … “Oh, Japan was so special because the people were so lovely with such a deep admiration. Americans were confused about this new direction. "It wasn’t liked very well by Americans." But the Japanese embraced it.“ That mag is just awesome. For all you gays who cares about art / books / music and more just buy it every month. It worth it. You can read about/from Amiri Baraka (he is a musician too), Henry Flynt, Lamomte Young etc…

          been there / done that         

we already have a link to the wire interview in the write-up on alice coltrane. thanks for thinking about us. you are right, the wire is a good magazine. i know (from your previous comment) that you think calling our music "black music" is a limitation—you used the term "ghettoization of art" and you probably think you are hipping some of us to things we don’t know, but rather than blackness being a limitation or a ghetto, we have different views. and that’s ok. we’re glad that "breath of life – a conversation about black music" is a website that you visit.

as sun ra taught us long time ago: sunlight is black. don’t be afraid to step into the light…


DEOCLIciano Okssipin Vieira Says:
January 24th, 2007 at 9:42 pm

No, we have not different views.
My comment wasn´t about breath of life.

I was reffering to Africans, being you from Africa or anywhere.
I also refered to AACM, they breeds the art ensemble of chicago, and no one championed Black Music as they do and still.

I was refering to the kind of music are being made and called Black music.
In the 50´s and 60´s “Black music“ was of wider borders, now it is very narrow one.

No attack on you.

Thanks for responding.
I just miss that link.
And sorry for my bad English.

And is you remember I posted here on regarding poetry and music, it was 2 or 3 years ago.

Micky Says:
May 13th, 2007 at 6:12 am

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You

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