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Journey in Satchidananda is the fourth solo album by Alice Coltrane. Its title (and title track) reflects Coltrane's inspiration by Swami Satchidananda whom Coltrane had become close to while being his disciple.[1]

Journey in Satchidananda
Journey in Satchidananda (Alice Coltrane).jpg
Studio album by
Released1971
Recorded8 November 1970
GenreAvant-garde jazz
Length37:06
LabelImpulse!
ProducerAlice Coltrane, Ed Michel
Alice Coltrane chronology
Ptah, the El Daoud
(1970)
Journey in Satchidananda
(1971)
Universal Consciousness
(1972)

"Shiva-Loka", or "realm of Shiva" — the realm of the third member of the Hindu trinity, the "dissolver of creation". "Stopover Bombay" refers to a five-week stay in India and Sri Lanka on which Coltrane was due to go in December 1970. "Something About John Coltrane" is based on themes by her late husband, John Coltrane. "Isis and Osiris", on which Charlie Haden replaces Cecil McBee on bass, and Vishnu Wood plays oud, indicates Coltrane's interest in Middle Eastern and North African music and culture. The presence of the tamboura, played by Tulsi, reflects Coltrane's interest in Indian classical music and religion.

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ReceptionEdit

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states, "this is a remarkable album, and necessary for anyone interested in the development of modal and experimental jazz. It's also remarkably accessible".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]
Pitchfork10/10

Track listingEdit

Side A

  1. "Journey in Satchidananda" –6:39
  2. "Shiva-Loka" –6:37
  3. "Stopover Bombay" –2:54

Side B

  1. "Something About John Coltrane" –9:44
  2. "Isis and Osiris" –11:49

All compositions by Alice Coltrane.
Tracks A1–B1 recorded at the Coltrane home studio, Dix Hills, New York, on November 8, 1970; track B2 recorded live at The Village Gate, New York City, on July 4, 1970.

PersonnelEdit

tracks A1 to B1

  • Alice Coltrane – piano, harp
  • Pharoah Sanders – soprano saxophone, percussion
  • Cecil McBee – double bass
  • Rashied Ali – drums
  • Tulsi – tanpura
  • Majid Shabazz – bells, tambourine

track B2

  • Alice Coltrane – harp
  • Pharoah Sanders – soprano saxophone, percussion
  • Vishnu Wood – oud
  • Charlie Haden – bass guitar
  • Rashied Ali – drums

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Livingstone, Josephine (3 February 2019). "Alice Coltrane | Journey in Satchidananda". Pitchforlk. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 30, 2011