ALICE COLTRANE — A Monastic Trio

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Album · 1968

Tracklist

A1 Ohnedaruth 7:49
A2 Gospel Trane 6:44
A3 I Want To See You 6:42
B1 Lovely Sky Boat 6:51
B2 Oceanic Boulevard 4:18
B3 Atomic Peace 5:53

CD version track list:
1. Lord Help Me to Be (7:36)
2. The Sun (4:07)
3. Ohnedaruth (7:55)
4. Gospel Trane (6:50)
5. I Want to See You (6:48)
6. Lovely Sky Boat (6:57)
7. Oceanic Beloved (4:23)
8. Atomic Peace (5:58)
9. Altruvista (6:55)

Total Time: 57:31

Tracks 1 and 2 are bonus tracks and were originally issued on John Coltrane's "Cosmic Music" album. Track 9 is a previously unissued bonus track.

Line-up/Musicians

Alice Coltrane — harp, piano
Pharoah Sanders — flute, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Jimmy Garrison — bass
Rashied Ali — drums
Ben Riley — drums

About this release

Impulse! – AS-9156(US)

Re-released on CD by Victor (Japan) in 1997 (original track list)and GRP/Impulse! (Europe) in 1998 (bonuses)

Tracks 1-3 were recorded at the Coltrane studio, Dix Hills, New York on January 29, 1968. Tracks 4-8 were recorded at the Coltrane studio on June 6, 1968. Track 9 was recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 7, 1967

Thanks to snobb, Abraxas for the updates

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Sean Trane
Alice’s first solo album came after her husband’s death, but I have no doubt that her creative output would’ve found the same issue regardless of that difficult phase. Actually it probably prompted her to surpass herself and obviously called on Trane’s usual suspects to help her out. Indeed, Garrison, Sanders & Ali are present, but the later is replaced by Ben Riley (probably called by Pharoah) on the drum stool. So, actually we’re talking more of a quartet, but the though-misleading title of A Monastic Trio has to do more with Alice’s mystical or spiritual beliefs (sort of a trilogy or trinity, I guess), rather than about the musical qualities of the album.

Musically the album is right out of Trane’s realm (as you’d expect), but rather the mid-60’s (say late 63 to 65), rather than his more transcendental later period, even if Pharoah’s sax and Ali’s drums tend to push the limits as far as can be, given the context. Opening on Ohnedaruth (supposed to be Trane’s Hindu name), the album directly plunges into a typical Trane modal groove and the rest of the album follows suit, although there is a notable difference when she puts her harp to her shoulder on the flipside. This B-side will obviously affect and be more representative of her future albums, but unfortunately Pharoah’s absence is all-too noticeable, thus it seems something is missing over the three track’s length, this despite Alice’s splendid fingerings on her harp.

A superb debut solo album, one where Alice sets out to digest (read explore and expand) some of her late husband’s musical ideas on one side, but also develop her own (very successfully, I might add) on the flipside. I’d tend to recommend the Satchi or Ptah albums as a more fitting intro, but this AMT could indeed fit just fine as well, showing her in-progress evolution.

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