\\ Nine interesting facts about Alice Coltrane

There are those power couples from history that we love. John and Alice Coltrane are one of the power-pairs, both pioneering musicians who uniquely represent Spiritual Jazz.

Following Luaka Bop‘s recent release, The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitanandaallow us to enlighten you with nine interesting facts about the legend.

1 \\ Alice Coltrane, born Alice Mcleod in Alabama – August 27th 1937 had a collection. Some people collect stamps, others collect coins, Alice Coltrane, throughout her career collected names. Born as Alice Mcleod, she became Coltrane after marrying her husband, saxophonist John Coltrane. She then extended the name to Alice Turiya Coltrane and finally, Swamini A.C. Turiyasangitananda in response to her spiritual journeys.

2 \\ Alice Coltrane is one of the only harpists in jazz history. She also played the piano and the Wurlitzerer organ.

3 \\ Alice and John Coltrane’s great-nephew is none other than Stephen Ellison (AKA Flying Lotus) – Say what?! Can we please join this family?

4 \\ In the late fifties, Coltrane moved to Paris to learn piano from bebop player Bud Powell.

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5 \\ Alice only met John Coltrane four years before his passing from liver cancer. They were married for two.

6 \\ Alice wrote two books; a biography called Monumental Ethernal, and Endless Wisdom. The latter revealed spiritual insights which she claimed had been divinely gifted to her.

7 \\ As well as on her own releases, Alice appeared on McCoy Tyner’s Extensions (recorded 1970, released 1974) and Charlie Haden’s 1976 duets album Closeness.

8 \\ After her five week journey with Spiritual master Swami Satchidananda, Alice returned to San Francisco to found an Ashram. She later moved to a large meditation centre near Santa Monica.

9 \\ The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda revealed a collection of music by Alice Coltrane never before heard outside of her ashram. It’s the only album where you’ll hear her singing, too. Read our review of the album.

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