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Alice Coltrane Returns to Studio

Surprise, surprise: Alice Coltrane (pictured) is currently finishing work on a new studio album, her first in more than 25 years. We received this news yesterday in a press release from Verve, which owns the Impulse label, which will release the album in September. That’s a ways off, but what’s another six months when we’ve been so patient for so long?

For the ignorant: Alice Coltrane is the widow of saxophonist John Coltrane. She played piano in John’s band from 1965 until his death in 1967, adding a wonderfully exploratory element to the music on albums like Expression and Live in Japan. After John’s death Alice began to record as a leader and produced a body of work equally as spiritual as her late husband’s that includes remarkable, visionary discs like Journey in Satchidananda (where Alice dazzles with her harp-playing skills) and the live Transfiguration.

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