Download of the Week: Alice Coltrane

World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. You had me at "Spirituality Classics", "Ecstatic Music", and "Alice Coltrane".

Alice Coltrane made lovely recordings; journeys. Spiritual journeys. Luaka Bop Records, based in NY, NY, has given us this collection of Alice's Ecstatic Music made at her northern California ashram in the '80s and '90s, originally released only to ashram members on cassette. Now, this joyous celebration of spirit in sound is available for the rest of us.

This is fusion I desire (need?):

"Yes, I do get very deeply engaged spiritually in the music. Because it’s a spiritual language for me, it’s not a musical language. Music is a spiritual language for me, today. Throughout the years you go through academia with chords, and how to voice that and things like that. Today music is a spiritual language and I’m expressing, articulating deep feeling and deep experience in life, in spiritual life, in God."—Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda [that's her Sanskrit name, Ed.], WBAI Interview, 1988
A spiritual life. Is there another kind? A dangerous one.
Col. Jessup: [refering to Santiago] I felt his life might be in danger.
Kaffee: Grave danger?
Col. Jessup: [sarcastically] Is there another kind?
I also highly recommend Alice's earlier records including Cosmic Music (Impulse!, 1966–68), Huntington Ashram Monastery (Impulse!, 1969), Journey in Satchidananda (Impulse!, 1970), and Universal Consciousness (Impulse!, 1971). Alice Coltrane's musical vision/language is her own and it speaks to matters beyond the ear/brain.

$10.00 (or more) buys you a slice of Alice Coltrane's spiritual language, a bargain with an angel if ever there was one. Available from Bandcamp.

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