Alice Coltrane: Kirtan; Turiya Sings (Impulse!/digital outlets)

 |   |  <1 min read

Alice Coltrane: Kirtan; Turiya Sings (Impulse!/digital outlets)
The wheel turns again, and -- more often today than just a few years back -- we are hearing spiritual music entering the consciousness.

Last month soulful singer Durand Jones said he wanted his music to heal people, a not uncommon sentiment right now.

And hardly surprising in these days of uncertainty.

Elsewhere has reviewed quite a few ambient, spiritual albums in recent times but Alice Coltrane's comes at us from half a century ago when – after the death of her husband John and seeking deeper spirituality and solace – she adopted the name Turiyasangitananda and recorded a series of meditative, Hindu-framed albums.

These songs – Coltrane, who died in 2007, only accompanied by a low Wurlitzer – were recorded at the ashram she established in California in the mid-Seventies and are Sanskrit hymns (Krishna Krishna, Rama Katha, Govinda Hari among them) and over the hour they have a powerful but subtle spiritual quality which is both meditative and transporting.

Far from the massed chanting of the Radha Krsna Temple or her other work, Kirtan -- more pared back than her recent Ecstatic Music similarly rescued from cassette tapes -- is a deep immersion which is intimate and restful.

Not for everyone of course, but these days probably more welcome than many albums.

.

You can hear this album on Spotify here.


Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2008: Le Trio Joubran: Majaz (Jawwal/Ode)

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2008: Le Trio Joubran: Majaz (Jawwal/Ode)

They may look like those agency-groomed opera singers you see on the back of buses -- immaculately trimmed stubble, tuxedos with ties hanging loose, brooding good looks and sultry come-hither eyes... > Read more

Balkan Beat Box: Give (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Balkan Beat Box: Give (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

The cover here -- megaphone as gun/gun as megaphone --gives you a clue to the BBB out of New York who mash up dance culture, dub, Balkan styles and much more into often bruising techno-rock . . .... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jack Landy

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jack Landy

On the strength of his folksy troubadour-styled debut album Lost and Found -- and that he referenced Moby Dick, Flaubert, Kerouac and Cervantes -- it was pretty clear that Auckland-based Jack Landy... > Read more

DAVID LINDLEY AND EL RAYO-X; VERY GREASY, CONSIDERED (1988): A Caribbean cruise in your own backyard

DAVID LINDLEY AND EL RAYO-X; VERY GREASY, CONSIDERED (1988): A Caribbean cruise in your own backyard

Without going the whole Buble/Christmas album route, there is some music which is seasonal. And the Caribbean/Chicano/Louisiana warmth coming off this album by multi-instrumentalist and Ry... > Read more