Coltrane Alice: Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana


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Coltrane Alice: Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana
Artist: Alice Coltrane
Title: Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana

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Vinyl LP pressing. Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana was the first of two albums Alice Coltrane released in 1977 the other being Transcendence. Coltranes music during this period grew out of an epiphany in which she would renounce secular life and don the orange robes of a swamini spiritual teacher in the Hindu tradition. Musically this meant leaving jazz behind at least partially and embracing the chants and rhythms of devotional music. The first half of Radha-Krsna is mostly filled with simple arrangements of bhajans Hindu devotional songs and features the singing of students from the Vedantic Center the Ashram that Coltrane founded in 1975. The group bounces with the joy of a gospel choir not coincidentally some had backgrounds in Southern Baptist churches. A rapturous aura permeates opener Govinda Jai Jai with Alice leading on Fender Rhodes. On Prema Muditha she returns to acoustic piano her main instrument in the early part of her career to deliver a powerful and poignant theme. Sidelong Om Namah Sivaya beams with probing organ improvisations accompanied by the drumming of her 13-year-old son Aruna John Coltrane Jr. This closing track offers a strong indication that even if Alice Coltrane was turning toward new traditions for inspiration her music was still something that only she could make.

1.1 Govinda Jai Jai
1.2 Ganesha
1.3 Prema Muditha
1.4 Hare Krishna
1.5 Om Namah Sivaya

H 0.12
W 9.71
L 12.31

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