February 18, 2011 Playlist

"World Galaxy" by Alice Coltrane (1972)
Alice Coltrane  "World Galaxy"  1972 (USA)
The late Alice Coltrane was perhaps best known as the widow of legendary jazzman John Coltrane, though (like Yoko Ono) she was a tremendously original and creative artist in her own right.  Indeed, in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Alice's work and her influence is just starting to be felt in the 21st century (underground progressive hiphoppers Flying Lotus, Georgia Ann Muldrow and Gonjasufi all have connections to her.)  Towards the end of John Coltrane's life, he married Alice and she became the piano player in the last group he led -- after he passed away, she not only continued the "music as a personal quest" aspects of her husband's work, she arguably took it much further than John ever did.  She converted to Hinduism and founded an ashram in California, and her music was largely an expression of spirituality:  free, human sounds steeped in ritual and mysticism.  Her musical background is also quite unique:  before becoming a jazz pianist (she had led her own combo -- The Alice McLeod Trio --  in Detroit long before marrying John), she had originally trained at a music academy and played the harp.  Thus by the peak of her recording career in the early 1970's, she was creating her own unique synthesis of funky electric jazz, classical strings and eastern mantras!
The only video clip I could find of Alice Coltrane performing is this harp solo.  There doesn't seem to be any footage of her from when she was the piano player in her husband's band during 1965-66, probably because that lineup was considered "too far out" and generated controversy among purists who thought Trane's music was "not jazz" anymore -- but here's John Coltrane with his classic quartet performing a section from "A Love Supreme" a few months before Alice joined the band.  Among the other artists featured on the show this week are the amazing Fela Kuti, the king of Afrobeat.  Also, Neil Young just won his first Grammy award for music, and legendary indie troubador Jonathan Richman has a brand new album out.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Landing Gravitational III, part 2
Gravitational VI
Gravitational IV 2006 USA
Sun Araw Get Low Heavy Deeds 2009 USA
Residual Echoes Headache Traverse MFI-GBSP  2005 USA
Neil Young
Angry World
(2011 Grammy award winner for "Best Rock Song" of the year)
Le Noise (N) 2010 (Reprise) Canada
Neil Young
Love And War Le Noise (N) 2010 (Reprise) Canada
White Fence Enthusiasm White Fence Is Growing Faith (N) 2011 (Woodsist) USA
Past Lives K Hole Tapestry Of Webs (N) 2010 (Suicide Squeeze) USA
Akron/Family Silly Bears Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT (N) 2011 (Dead Oceans) USA
Anton Barbeau The Old Doctor's Bag Psychedelic Mynde Of Moses (N) 2010 (Idiot Records) USA/UK
Guzzo Pinc In The Morning Palmyra The Sea (N - cassette) 2010 (Earjerk) USA
Georgia Ann Muldrow as "Jyoti" The Black Mother Ocotea (N) 2010 (SomeOthaShip
/ E1 Entertainment)
Tussle vs. Konono No. 1 Soft Crush Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers (N - various artists) 2010 (Crammed Discs) D. R. Congo
Lunar Dunes Moon Bathing forthcoming album "Galaxsea" (N) 2011 (forthcoming) UK
Daughters Of The Sun Moontan Ghost With Chains (N) 2011 (Not Not Fun) USA
Laetitia Sadier
One Million Year Trip The Trip (N) 2010 (Drag City) France/UK
Betty Davis Anti-Love Song Betty Davis 1973 USA
The Congos Sodom And Gomorrow Heart Of The Congos 1977 Jamaica
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 Expensive Shit Expensive Shit 1975 Nigeria
Alice Coltrane Galaxy In Satchidananda
   / A Love Supreme (John Coltrane)
World Galaxy
1972 USA
John Coltrane (with Alice Coltrane) Offering Expression 1967 USA
Smoke Fairies Frozen Heart Ghosts (N - compilation) 2010 (453 music) UK
Jonathan Richman My Affected Accent O Moon, Queen Of Night On Earth (N) 2010 (Vapor) USA
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