Alice Coltrane - Universal Consciousness [VINYL]

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Originally released on Impulse! in 1971, 'Universal Consciousness' was a major turning point in Alice Coltrane's momentous career.

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Originally released on Impulse! in 1971, 'Universal Consciousness' was a major turning point in Alice Coltrane's momentous career. While her previous albums pushed the limits of spiritual free jazz and featured much of her late husband's band, 'Universal Consciousness' expanded the harpist / pianist's compositional palette with organ and strings (working with Ornette Coleman).

"Oh Allah" was the finest example of Coltrane's new direction: tense violins dissolve into sublime organ solos and exquisite brushwork from long-time Miles Davis collaborator Jack DeJohnette. While the title track undulated with a fierce clamor, "Hare Krishna" showcased Coltrane's uncanny ability for transcendent and slow-paced arrangements.

In The Wire's "100 Records That Set the World on Fire," David Toop writes, "['Universal Consciousness'] clearly connects to other dyspeptic jazz traditions - the organ trio, the soloists with strings - yet volleys them into outer space, ancient Egypt, the Ganges, the great beyond. The production is astounding, the quality of improvisation is riveting, the string arrangements are apocalyptic rather than saccharine, the balance of turbulence and calm a genuine dialectic that later mystic / exotic post-jazz copped out of pursuing. Her lack of constraint was dimly regarded by adherents of '70s jazz and its masculine orthodoxies, yet Alice deserved better credit for virtuosity, originality, and the sheer will power needed to realize her vision."

This first-time vinyl reissue has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes.

Tracklisting:

Universal Consciousness
Battle At Armageddon
Oh Allah
Hare Krishna
Sita Ram
The Ankh Of Amen-Ra


Artist Alice Coltrane
Title Universal Consciousness
Label Superior Viaduct
Format LP
Release Date 6th July 2015
Cat Number SV070

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