Alice Coltrane – Eternity
Alice Coltrane – Eternity
Alice Coltrane – Eternity
Alice Coltrane – Eternity

Alice Coltrane – Eternity

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Alice Coltrane - Organ (A1, A3, B2-3), Harp (A2), Electric Piano (B1), Tambura (B2), Conductor (A1, B3), Timpani (B3), Cymbal (B3)

Bass – Charlie Haden (A1, A3, B2-3)

Bassoon – Don Christlieb (A1), Jack Marsh (A1)

Cello – Anne Goodman (A1, B3), Jackie Lustgarten (A1, B3), Ray Kelley (A1, B3)

Drums – Ben Riley (A1, A3, B2)

Flute – Fred Jackson (A1), Hubert Laws (A1)

French Horn – Alan Robinson (A1, B3), Marilyn Robinson (A1, B3), Maebe (B3), Vince DeRosa (B3)

Soprano Saxophone – Jerome Richardson (A1)

Tenor Saxophone – Jackie Kelso (A1), Terry Harrington (A1)

Trombone – Charlie Loper (A1, B3), George Bohanon (A1, B3)

Trumpet – Oscar Brashear (A1, B3), Paul Hubinon (A1, B3)

Tuba – Tommy Johnson (A1, B3)

Viola – Mike Nowack (A1, B3), Pamela Goldsmith (A1, B3), Rollice Dale (A1, B3)

Violin – Gordon Marron (A1, B3), Murray Adler (A1, B3), Nathan Kaproff (A1, B3), Polly Sweeney (A1, B3), Sid Sharp (A1, B3), Bill Kurasch (A1, B3)

Congas – Armando Peraza (A3)

Timbales – A Friend (A3)

Vocals – Deborah Coomer  (B1), Edward Cansino  (B1), Jean Packer  (B1), Paul Vorwerk  (B1), Susan Judy  (B1), William Yeomans  (B1)

Congas – Armando Peraza (B2)

Percussion [Small Percussion] – A Friend (B2)

Wind Chimes – Ed Michel (B2)

Alto Flute – Jerome Richardson (B3)

Bass Clarinet – Julian Spear (B3)

Bass, Drum, Gong – Ben Riley (B3)

Bassoon – Don Christlieb (B3), Jack Marsh (B3)

Clarinet – Jackie Kelso (B3), Terry Harrington (B3)

Contrabassoon – Jo Ann Caldwell (B3)

English Horn – Ernie Watts (B3)

Flute – Fred Jackson (B3), Hubert Laws (B3)

Oboe – Gene Cipriano (B3), John Ellis (B3)

Piccolo Flute – Louise Di Tullio (B3)

Concertmaster – Murray Adler

Arranged by Alice Coltrane (A1)

Written by Alice Coltrane (A1 to B2), Igor Stravinsky (B3 : excerpt from Igor Stravinsky's "Rite Of Spring")

 

1LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Warner

Recorded 13 August–15 October 1975 at The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, and Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA,

Engineered by Baker Bigsby assisted by Andy Macdonald, Bob Hacken, Frank Jones

Produced by Ed Michael

Originally released in 1976

Reissued in 2022

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Spiritual Eternal
  2. Wisdom Eye
  3. Los Caballos

Side B

  1. Om Supreme
  2. Morning Worship
  3. Spring Rounds From Rite Of Spring

 

Reviews:

“There are instances where Detroit native Alice Coltrane is viewed through her married surname. While she did contribute to her late husband’s transcendental configuration (A Love Supreme), Alice was a trained musician (classical and jazz), and forged her own path to spiritual-driven jazz. From 1967-1978, she released 13 albums as a band leader, with ensembles ranging from a quartet to lush string orchestras. She was proficient on piano, organ and harp, and at one point studied with Bud Powell.

Speakers Corner Records has released a re-mastered 180-gram vinyl of Alice Coltrane’s 1975 Warner Brothers album, Eternity. This is quintessential distillation of  modal and avant-jazz. Side A opens with the multi-textured “Spiritual Eternal”. In a unique choice, Coltrane takes lead on a “distorted” Wurlitzer organ as full string and horns build a funky, bluesy resonance. In a stunning 2:48, this diverse, urgent musical statement takes flight. “Wisdom Eye” exudes tranquility with a haunting melody line on harp. The creative gravitas of incorporating a traditional classical instrument into a jazz musing is impressive. Switching back to organ, “Los Caballos” is groove-infused with hypnotic Afro-Cuban polyrhythms. After a minute-and-a-half, the jam picks up tempo, as Coltrane occasionally pushes the tonal boundaries and intensity. At 11:25, it is the longest track on the album, but the arrangement maintains its cohesive structure.

It seems that “Om Supreme” epitomizes the deeper spiritual approach to music. With just an electric piano, this ethereal, moody piece is expressive and has a gospel feel. When the voices are blended in, the feeling becomes otherworldly. It is compelling and understatedly beautiful. In a change-of-pace, “Morning Worship” is more free-form, with a droning quality. There are exotic Middle Eastern motifs and tonality that frame the song. Demonstrating her diverse and finely-honed appreciation for classical music, “Spring Rounds (From Rite Of Spring)” is brilliant. Her innate understanding and ability to interpret Stravinsky is reflected in this complex arrangement. Elements of 20th century classicism, including minimalist  instrumentation, with atonal movement and simpler pastoral reflection are interwoven seamlessly. It is an appropriate finale to a distinctly personal musical vision.

This vinyl re-master of Eternity is excellent. The overall sound mix is centered and vibrant, especially the studio-affected organ.” Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition, February 2022

 

“Within the first 30 seconds of "Spiritual Eternal," the opening track on Alice Coltrane's final studio album, Eternity, the listener encounters the complete palette of Alice Coltrane's musical thought. As her Wurlitzer organ careens through a series of arpeggiated modal drones, they appear seemingly rootless, hanging out in the cosmic eternal. They remain there only briefly before an orchestra chimes in behind her in a straight blues waltz that places her wondrously jagged soloing within the context of a universal musical everything as she moves through jazz, Indian music, blues, 12-tone music, and the R&B stridency of Ray Charles. This is the historical and spiritual context Alice Coltrane made her own, the ability to open up her own sonic vocabulary and seamlessly create an ensemble context for to deliver an unpredictable expression of her vision of harmonic convergence. While many players have picked up on it since, Coltrane's gorgeous arrangements and canny musical juxtapositions never seem forced or pushed beyond margins. Perhaps, as evidenced by "Wisdom Eye," "Om Supreme," and the "Loka" suite, it's because Coltrane already dwells on the fringes both musically and spiritually, where boundaries dissolve and everything is already inseparable. But this does not keep her music from being strikingly, even stunningly beautiful -- check out the killer Afro-Cuban percussion under her soloing on "Los Caballaos," which is rooted in a harmonically complex, diatonic series of whole tones. In numerous settings from orchestra to trio, Ms. Coltrane finds the unspeakable and plays it. Nowhere is this more evident than in "Spring Rounds" from Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," which closes the album. Her faithfulness to the material with a complete orchestra under her control is one of shimmering transcendence that places the composer's work firmly in the context of avant-jazz. Her control over the orchestra is masterful, and her reading of the section's nuances and subtleties rivals virtually everyone who's ever recorded it. Eternity is ultimately about the universality of tonal language and its complex expressions. It is an enduring recording that was far ahead of its time in 1976 and is only now getting the recognition it deserves.” AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.37 / 5 ; Audiophile Audition : 4.5 / 5

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