A Monastic Trio

October 6, 1998 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 6, 1998
  • Release Date: October 6, 1998
  • Label: Impulse! Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1968 MCA Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 57:10
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  • ASIN: B000W03LJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,120 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By macfawlty on September 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Alice really shines here as she is right up front on this recording on piano and harp. Some very nice modal sounds, alot of freedom from Pharoah. It just keeps on giving. You can listen many times and it always seems fresh. So much variety in composition. I also HIGHLY recommend Ptah, the El Daoud and Journey in Satchadanda, which I would buy first. This would be the third, and then Cosmic Music and well... I better stop there. I just really dig alot of these Alice Coltrane recordings.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt Stephens on December 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
1. Lord, Help Me To Be 7:30
2. The Sun 4:01
3. Ohnedaruth 7:49
4. Gospel Trane 6:44
5. I Want To See You 6:42
6. Lovely Sky Boat 6:51
7. Oceanic Beloved 4:18
8. Atomic Peace 5:53
9. Altruvista 6:55

Alice Coltrane, piano
Pharoah Sanders, tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute
Jimmy Garrison, bass
Ben Riley, drums (1-3)
Rashied Ali, drums (4-8)

This is Alice Coltrane's first album as a leader, made a year after her husband's death. Even though you can tell that she was still developing her own style at this point, it is still a great record. The first 3 songs are especially good, I think; this is probably because of the additon of Pharoah Sanders. Alice is great with a trio, but she had incredible chemistry with Pharoah.

"Lord, Help Me To Be" is just classic. I really like Jimmy Garrison's bass playing on this one. He may not have been as technically developed as other bass players of his time, but he could really swing, which is something that other bass players sometimes lacked. "The Sun" is wonderful, too. It is basically a 4 minute Alice Coltrane solo in free rhythm, colored by bells and sparse bass. Although Pharoah is listed here, he is barely audible, playing flute in the left channel. The drums are very quiet as well. "Ohnedaruth" is a chant that the last John Coltrane group used to perform. It features a rare Pharoah Sanders solo on bass clarinet!

"Gospel Trane" and "I Want To See You," a swinging freebop-ish tune and a ballad, repectively, are cool trio performances with Garrison and Rashied Ali. The next 3 songs are with the same trio, but Alice plays harp on them instead of piano.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Dude on September 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Alice Coltrane's first album was a stunner that has stood the test of time well. The album opens with the moving piece "Lord Help Me to Be" and Alice's beautiful, fluid piano work. Add in the unmistakable Pharoah Sanders and the music just gets better. "Lovely Sky Boat" adds harp to the roster of jazz instruments; Alice plays it better than anybody. Along with the other early albums
"Huntington Ashram Monastery" and "Ptah the El Daoud", "A Monastic Trio" should be in every jazz collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on September 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Alice is still woking within the sounds of John Coltrane's band sound here. i don't think of this as "free jazz" as some people have claimed. there are moments of free rythmic harmony, but the pieces are very structured and tight. maybe a little too tight. on future releases, Alice would really embrace the more exotic elements of her spirituality and her her music benefited from it greatly (in my opinion). "A Monastic Trio" remains a solid album and a worthy addition to any open minded jazz fan's collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ripley I on September 12, 2012
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I had to write this review. This album was one of the first I bought after recently getting into Jazz, and John Coltrane in particular. I liked the album but moved on to others for a few months. I recently came back to this album and was blown away by the originality as well as the exceptional groove and feel. There are albums that are higher rated by "experts", but this album, and Alice in general, is up there with the best of all time!
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