Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda
Recently one of my greatest musical heroes of all time, Martin Glover published a list. Martin is better known as Youth and is a legendary bassist, producer, record label founder and remixer who has worked with everyone from Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd to, of course, Killing Joke and The Orb. The list he released was his Top 10 Albums To Get High To. While I prefer my music listening (and life) more on the sober side, Youth’s legacy and influence is not to be denied and I felt any album he loved to listen to was worth checking out. On reading the list I was shocked that I only owned half of them. I immediately acquired the other 5 of which this is a favorite.
Alice Coltrane was a classical and jazz pianist who rose to stardom in the mid-’60s working with John Coltrane, eventually becoming his wife. After John’s death Alice continued as a successful solo artist into the late ’70s. Her work stretched the concepts of what jazz music was, redefining it as style without limit, fusing it into a world music tableau.
Journey In Satchidananda dates to late 1970. While definitely a jazz record it is so influenced by Middle Eastern, African and Indian music it is hard to not consider it as being more in the world music genre. The sounds can only be described as a dream inducing whirlwind, forceful yet peaceful, familiar yet otherworldly. Harps pluck and run, chimes and bells ring, all accompanied by traditional jazz instruments as harmonic vibrations swirl around your ear. This is definitely an amazing audio journey perfect for 2:00am adventures or even a lazy Sunday morning.
So thank you to Youth, not only for his own music but for continuing to educate me through sharing of his own personal favorites. This one is a treasure and there will be more to come.