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Alice Coltrane: Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings (Real Gone)

Review of boxed set compiling music recorded between 1975 and 1977

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Review of Alice Coltrane set Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings
Review of Alice Coltrane set Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings

Alice Coltrane departed from her corporeal form in 2007, 40 years after the passing of her more famous husband and musical partner, John Coltrane. And the inevitable reassessment and enriched appreciation of her artistry is belatedly underway.

Even if Alice hadn’t been slandered in Yoko Ono-like fashion for supposedly catalyzing the breakup of the hallowed John Coltrane Quartet, most jazz fans and pundits would still have been woefully unprepared for her next act. Her husband’s (and her own) rapturous bent toward Eastern religious music to create an intoxicating mélange that included jazz, Euroclassical, funk, and, most prominently, chant-songs that melded Hindu devotional hymns with the gospel blues testimony of her Detroit roots.

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