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Alice Coltrane - Eternity - Warner Bros


Warner Bros

Her mid-to-late-'70s output for Warner Brothers, licensed for reissued by the new Sepia Tone label, was even more of a mixed lot than her Impulse albums: Eternity (1976) and Transcendence (1977) span a reworking of "The Rite of Spring" and gospel-tinged takes on Indian chants, while the live 2-CD Transfiguration (1978) finds her triangulating with bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Roy Haynes. Occasionally, Coltrane slips into a proto-new-age somnolence on the two studio albums, but overall her experiments are nearly as engaging as they are eclectic. Her selection and arrangement of materials from the Stravinsky piece on Eternity are erudite, even if the exercise is arguably inconsequential as it does not radically recast the classic. Underpinned by an almost funky electric piano, the chants on Transcendence have the earthy sturdiness more often associated with the black church than a Himalayan ashram.

Spiritual Eternal (LP Version) 2:57 Wisdom Eye (LP Version) 3:10 Los Caballos (LP Version) 11:27 Om Supreme (LP Version) 9:28 Morning Worship (LP Version) 3:36 Spring Rounds From Rite Of Spring (LP Version)

Bass Charlie HadenBassoon Don Christlieb, Jack MarshCello Anne Goodman, Jackie Lustgarten*, Ray KelleyDrums Ben RileyFlute Fred Jackson, Hubert LawsFrench Horn Alan Robinson, Marylin RobinsonOrgan Alice ColtraneSoprano Saxophone Jerome RichardsonTenor Saxophone Jackie Kelso, Terry HarringtonTrombone Charlie Loper*, George BohanonTrumpet Oscar Brashear, Paul HubinonTuba Tommy Johnson (2)Viola Mike Nowack, Pamela Goldsmith, Rollice DaleViolin Gordon Marron, Murray Adler, Nathan Kaproff, Polly Sweeney, Sid Sharp*, Bill Kurasch

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