Translinear Light

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Alice Coltrane's first jazz-informed album in 26 years returns a fascinating figure back to the scene. Coltrane plays organ and piano exclusively here, and her first-rate collaborators include bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and, as chief saxophone soloist and producer, Coltrane’s son Ravi. Sounding as if she's picked up where she left off all that time ago, Coltrane displays controlled passion on her keyboard improvisations; her focus and ingenuity inspire Ravi to some of his most stirring playing to date. Alice Coltrane has been in the shadow of her husband, John Coltrane, since she first gained widespread attention on joining his band in 1965. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Alice Coltrane's first jazz-informed album in 26 years returns a fascinating figure back to the scene. Coltrane plays organ and piano exclusively here, and her first-rate collaborators include bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and, as chief saxophone soloist and producer, Coltrane’s son Ravi. Sounding as if she's picked up where she left off all that time ago, Coltrane displays controlled passion on her keyboard improvisations; her focus and ingenuity inspire Ravi to some of his most stirring playing to date. Alice Coltrane has been in the shadow of her husband, John Coltrane, since she first gained widespread attention on joining his band in 1965. Translinear Light gives ample evidence that Alice Coltrane is to be respected for her own impressive achievements.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Translinear Light marks Alice Coltrane's return to recording after a 26-year hiatus. Her last outing, the live and marvelous Transfiguration, was issued by Warner Bros. in 1978. Coltrane's son, saxophonist and composer Ravi, produced the disc; he plays saxophones on five of the set's 11 cuts and contributes percussion to two others. Other musicians here include Charlie Haden, James Genus, Jeff Watts, Jack DeJohnette, and son Oran who plays alto in duet with her on one selection Translinear Light opens with a reprise of Alice's "Sita Ram," originally recorded for 1971's Universal Consciousness. Ms. Coltrane plays her signature style on the Wurlitzer organ with DeJohnette playing a synth drum and Ravi contributing organic percussion. Her long lines of individually played notes are set against a droning chorded backdrop, and are instantly recognizable. There is no speculation in her playing; an authoritative, deeply Eastern melodic sensibility saturates her improvisation. The shimmering piano intro of the traditional "Walk With Me," with its deep gospel roots set against a modal framework, brings the ancient hymn into the modern world and traces the artist's steps from her Detroit roots in the church to playing blues to the edge of the jazz vanguard without slipping into dissonance. It strolls back into a gently swinging lyric that almost literally sings atop the rhythm section of Watts and Genus before moving back to the open minor mode. The title cut is a ballad with Ravi on soprano and Haden and DeJohnette in support. The interplay betweenAlice and Ravi from the tune's slowly evolving head into the knotty modal chords and single-note runs that spark the dialogue, is simply breathtaking. The pair wind around and through one another as the rhythm section offers an insistent chromatic foundation. Though she has recorded them before, there are new readings of her late husband's "Crescent" and "Leo"; both offer new harmonic dimensions and emotional interpretations on the originals. She doesn't revisit them so much as recontextualize them musically. Ms. Coltrane plays piano on the former and a driven, fiery Wurlitzer on the latter, making the track a blistering maelstrom of activity. DeJohnette's drumming on these cuts is wildly incisive and canny. Ravi's soloing and accompaniment here -- and indeed throughout the album -- make this his most inspired performance on record. "Triloka," a duet with Haden, is sublime; a deeply meditative and lyrical work, it is especially poignant after the workout of "Leo." Ultimately, Translinear Light offers a poetic, well-rounded, and utterly convincing portrait of the artist's return to the public eye, at the top of her game. Translinear Light is a major entry in Coltrane's catalog. It is a defining, aesthetically brilliant statement from a master composer, improviser, and player. If ever there were a candidate for jazz album of 2004, Translinear Light is it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 602498619292
  • Catalog Number: 000219102
  • Sales rank: 351,646

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sita Ram (6:08)
  2. 2 Walk With Me (7:50)
  3. 3 Translinear Light (9:50)
  4. 4 Jagadishwar (5:47)
  5. 5 This Train (6:06)
  6. 6 The Hymn (3:04)
  7. 7 Blue Nile (8:05)
  8. 8 Crescent (6:22)
  9. 9 Leo (9:40)
  10. 10 Triloka (5:08)
  11. 11 Satya Sai Isha (5:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice Coltrane Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums
James Genus Bass
Charlie Haden Bass
Ravi Coltrane Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Oran Coltrane Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Alice Coltrane Arranger, Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Tom Mark Engineer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Ravi Coltrane Producer
Bill Milkowski Liner Notes
Hollis King Art Direction
Steve Genewick Engineer
Sam Story Contributor
Traditional Composer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
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