Alice Coltrane
Journey In Satchidananda

May 22, 2016 Long Play of the Day

Alice Coltrane
Journey In Satchidananda
(Impulse!, 1970)

Yoga master Swami Satchidananda gets an interstellar shout-out on Alice Coltrane’s fourth solo album, an otherworldly exploration of Middle Eastern, African, and Indian music that shakes, rattles, and soothes the soul without breaking for a single breather. Charlie Haden, Pharoah Sanders, and Cecil McBee all make an appearance, too, adding dizzying layers to a sturdy backbone of bells, drums, and droning tambura figures.

No wonder why Sunn O)))’s such a big fan