- Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Impulse
- ASIN: B0002SLWZM
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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COLTRANE ALICE TRANSLINEAR LIGHT
The Detroit-born Alice Coltrane was John Coltrane's last pianist. Now, nearly 40 years after his passing, she's released a studio recording that continues her husband's investigations of Eastern and Indian music. Drummers Jack DeJohnette and Jeff "Tain" Watts and bassists Charlie Haden and James Genus provide the Traneish tempos, while Coltrane's sons Ravi (tenor, soprano) and Oran (alto) offer coloration on horns. Mrs. Coltrane's complex piano forays are complemented by her otherworldly Wurlitzer organ and synthesizer effects. Along with new compositions like the title track, she delivers new versions of her own works, such as "Blue Nile" and "Sita Ram" (from Ptah the El Dahoud and Universal Consciousness respectively), as well as her husband's classic, "Crescent." Her reverent readings of the African-American spirituals "Walk With Me" and "This Train" prove how deftly she can combine the oldest music in the world with the newest. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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the most beautiful and healing spiritual music far from jazz preconceptions.
This music is beyond music, beyond styles. Listen to it free of any preconceptions.
Listen to this and be transformed trough its light.
2. Walk With Me 7:50
3. Translinear Light 9:50
4. Jagadishwar 5:47
5. This Train 6:06
6. The Hymn 3:04
7. Blue Nile 8:05
8. Crescent 6:22
9. Leo 9:40
10. Triloka 5:08
11. Satya Sai Isha 5:40
Alice Coltrane, piano, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer
Ravi Coltrane, tenor & soprano sax (3, 4, 7, 8, 9)
Oran Coltrane, alto sax (6)
Charlie Haden, bass (3, 5, 8, 10)
James Genus, bass (2, 4, 7)
Jack DeJohnette, drums (1, 3, 5, 8, 9)
Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums (2, 4, 7)
As you've probably heard, this is Alice's first album in 26 years. It has been called "comeback album of the year" by JazzTimes magazine, and is being hailed by many jazz critics as one of her best works. But how many comeback albums really come out each year? You can't measure a record by how long it's been since the artist last put out a release. However, that being said, Translinear Light is still a very good album. Alice plays some great renditions of old songs that her and her late husband used to play, including Crescent and Leo. She also plays a couple of songs from her classic early '70s albums. Most of the new material here is good, too. One of my favorite songs on the album is the title track, which starts as a ballad before moving on to an edgy, funky, latin-type thing. The old spirituals she performs ("Walk With Me" and "This Train") are wonderful. They fit right into the type of thing she does. But I didn't really care for the tracks on which she plays synthesizer, "Jagadiswar" and "The Hymn." I know that Alice has never been a new age artist, but "Jagadishwar" sure sounds like new age to me. I'm not saying that it's not good; I just didn't expect to hear it when I bought the album. But that's why they put a "skip" button on stereos. "The Hymn" is a duet with her son Oran on alto sax. Other than those two songs (which are short), Translinear Light is a good record. The last track, "Satya Sai Isha," is amazing. It is a chant led by the singers of Alice's monastery, accompanied only by Alice on Wurlitzer organ.
The thing that disappointed me the most about this record was the production. It was treated more like a smooth jazz album than an Alice Coltrane album. Everything sounds too glossed over and perfect. A lot of people will probably like that, but most of what I listen to is from the 60s and 70s, which was before the technology became so advanced to make a more "perfect" recording. To me it was sort of a shock because I barely ever listen to newer recordings. But to the individual listener, it's just a matter of what type of stuff one generally buys.
Overall, Translinear Light is a respectable album by one of the greatest and most unique musicians ever. Alice has a voice that is all her own. If you are a true fan of her work, you won't be disappointed by the music.