The Impulse Story

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The eight tracks that make up multi-instrumentalist Alice Coltrane's volume of The Impulse Story series -- single CDs to accompany both the box set The House That Trane Built and Ashley Kahn's book of the same name, is among the most satisfying in the entire collection. The tracks here range widely, documenting an artist who was indeed ahead of her time -- and for many still is. Not that she cares. She's taken some 20 years off between her last recording for Warner Bros. and her final recording on this set to devote her time to spiritual concerns -- the title cut from her magnificent 2004 comeback release, Translinear Light, is a fitting inclusion here. Like her late ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The eight tracks that make up multi-instrumentalist Alice Coltrane's volume of The Impulse Story series -- single CDs to accompany both the box set The House That Trane Built and Ashley Kahn's book of the same name, is among the most satisfying in the entire collection. The tracks here range widely, documenting an artist who was indeed ahead of her time -- and for many still is. Not that she cares. She's taken some 20 years off between her last recording for Warner Bros. and her final recording on this set to devote her time to spiritual concerns -- the title cut from her magnificent 2004 comeback release, Translinear Light, is a fitting inclusion here. Like her late husband, John, and like Pharoah Sanders, Alice defined the term "spiritual jazz" with her work. This disc kicks off with "The Sun," from the joint Coltrane/Coltrane outing Cosmic Music issued in 1968 there are vocal recitations from Pharoah Sanders and John that were recorded earlier and issued on CD as bonus material on A Monastic Trio. The other track from that album is the truly wonderful "Lovely Sky Boat," with Alice on harp, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Rashied Ali playing drums. "Jaya Jaya Rama" is from the 1969 release Huntington Ashram Monastery, a record that has yet to be issued on CD in the United States -- though it has been beautifully remastered in Japan. The title cuts from Ptah the El Daoud, Journey in Satchidananda, and Universal Consciousness -- perhaps her finest studio moment from the 1970s -- are all included. Alice plays harp, organ, and piano, and arranges strings, and other musicians present on various pieces include Sanders, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Cecil McBee, Ali, Leroy Jenkins, Jack DeJohnette, and even Ornette Coleman. Also rightfully included here by Kahn, who compiled these volumes, is "Excerpt from the Firebird" -- yes, the one composed by Igor Stravinsky where her Wurlitzer and harp are balanced by timpani and other percussion instruments. She also did the string arrangement. The aforementioned "Translinear Light," with Ms. Coltrane playing piano in the company of son Ravi playing tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and DeJohnette on drums, is nearly ten minutes of sophisticated musical journeying that brings listeners full circle. All the titles here reflect the deep musical quest of the artist to speak from the heart of her spirituality. There isn't a weak moment here. And while true real fans can quibble all they wish about what got left off, there is no denying that this is one very powerful compilation and an excellent introduction to one of the most singular artists the "jazz" genre has ever produced. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 602498551059
  • Catalog Number: 000656202

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice Coltrane Primary Artist, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Conductor, Harp, Timpani
Ray Kelley Cello
Rashied Ali Percussion, Drums
Ron Carter Bass, Bass Guitar
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Joe Henderson Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Jenkins Violin
Cecil McBee Bass
Marilyn Baker Viola
Jimmy Garrison Bass
Ben Riley Percussion, Drums
Murray Adler Concert Master
Samuel Boghossian Viola
Rollice Dale Viola
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Ronald Folsom Violin
James Getzoff Violin
Anne Goodman Cello
Janice Gower Violin
Charlie Haden Bass
Joan Kalisch Violin
Nathan Kaproff Violin
Myra Kestenbaum Viola
Jerry Kessler Cello
Lou Klass Violin
Raphael Kramer Cello
Bernard Kundell Violin
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Leonard Malarsky Violin
Gordon Marron Strings Violin
Pharoah Sanders Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Schwartz Viola
Leonard Selic Viola
Majid Shabazz Tambourine, Bells
Gerald Vinci Violin
Ravi Coltrane Percussion, Soprano Saxophone
Julius Brand Violin
Jan Kelly Cello
Chuck Stewart Percussion
William Henderson Violin
Sidney Sharp Violin
John Ellington Blair Violin
Technical Credits
Igor Stravinsky Composer
Alice Coltrane Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
John Coltrane Introduction
Ed Michel Audio Production
Pharoah Sanders Introduction
Bob Irwin Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
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