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  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B0000241GR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Lord Help Me To Be (Album Version) 7:30Album Only
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Listen  3. Ohnedaruth (Album Version) 7:49Album Only
Listen  4. Gospel Trane (Album Version) 6:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Want To See You (Album Version) 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lovely Sky Boat (Album Version) 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oceanic Beloved (Album Version) 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Atomic Peace (Album Version) 5:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Altruvista 6:55£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By divadnomolos on 19 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Recorded shortly after husband John Coltrane's death,we're treated here not only to Alice's powerful gospelly piano but also the first appearance,to the best of my knowledge,of Alice on concert harp."Lovely Sky Boat" is a beautiful example of Indian inspired music from the era with Jimmy Garrison setting up a kind of drone figure for Alice to improvise against.This edition also includes as a bonus to the original lp 2 tracks that first appeared on a very hard to get record called "Cosmic Music" and a previously unissued solo track.So good value and beautiful packaging.Mention also to Coltrane guys Rashied Ali and Pharoah Sanders who fill out the music though Alice is definitely the centre of interest on this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mack - creative on 17 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Alice Coltrane's "a Monastic Trio" was the first studio Lp from 1967/68 featuring Coltrane on piano + harp with Rashied Ali / Ben Riley on drums, Jimmy Garrison- bass, plus on select tracks Pharoah Sanders on flute, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone. "Monastic Trio" contains some excellent tracks (most notably with Sanders) but is not for me, Coltrane's best Lp . the blueprints started + explored here of eastern drones, exotic scales + free-ish extended themes were to be developed on later Lp s, but overall the tracks lack the clarity of later releases such as "Universal Consciousness" or bona-fide classic Lp "Ptah - the Dhoud" in particular.

Coltrane's harp playing dominates on many tracks such as Ocean Beloved" + "Altruvista" in flurries of free-form strummed + plucked notes whilst the rhythmic core of Ali + Garrison mainly accompany her. fine for a few tracks, but i prefer the stronger focus of the later Lps + the counter balanace offered by Sanders etc on sax especially on track "Ohnedaruth" to give the sound a darker free-jazz element to the often slightly dated over-heavily scented musticism on display. Alice's moody exploratory piano playing on "I Want to See You" is excellent though. theres is do doubting the sincerity of the yearning spiritualism - just the effectiveness of some of the music.

recorded within a year of Alice's sax legend/husband John passing away - "A Monastic Trio" is an arresting + moving Lp, but i would go for the slightly later releases for a better overview of Alice Coltrane's abilities as spiritual musician + innovator. 3.5 going on 4 stars.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great as part of a group 12 Sep 2000
By macfawlty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alice really shines here as she is right up front on this recording on piano and harp. Some very nice modal sounds, alot of freedom from Pharoah. It just keeps on giving. You can listen many times and it always seems fresh. So much variety in composition. I also HIGHLY recommend Ptah, the El Daoud and Journey in Satchadanda, which I would buy first. This would be the third, and then Cosmic Music and well... I better stop there. I just really dig alot of these Alice Coltrane recordings.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Free jazz with a harp? 30 Dec 2004
By Matt Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1. Lord, Help Me To Be 7:30
2. The Sun 4:01
3. Ohnedaruth 7:49
4. Gospel Trane 6:44
5. I Want To See You 6:42
6. Lovely Sky Boat 6:51
7. Oceanic Beloved 4:18
8. Atomic Peace 5:53
9. Altruvista 6:55

Alice Coltrane, piano
Pharoah Sanders, tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute
Jimmy Garrison, bass
Ben Riley, drums (1-3)
Rashied Ali, drums (4-8)

This is Alice Coltrane's first album as a leader, made a year after her husband's death. Even though you can tell that she was still developing her own style at this point, it is still a great record. The first 3 songs are especially good, I think; this is probably because of the additon of Pharoah Sanders. Alice is great with a trio, but she had incredible chemistry with Pharoah.

"Lord, Help Me To Be" is just classic. I really like Jimmy Garrison's bass playing on this one. He may not have been as technically developed as other bass players of his time, but he could really swing, which is something that other bass players sometimes lacked. "The Sun" is wonderful, too. It is basically a 4 minute Alice Coltrane solo in free rhythm, colored by bells and sparse bass. Although Pharoah is listed here, he is barely audible, playing flute in the left channel. The drums are very quiet as well. "Ohnedaruth" is a chant that the last John Coltrane group used to perform. It features a rare Pharoah Sanders solo on bass clarinet!

"Gospel Trane" and "I Want To See You," a swinging freebop-ish tune and a ballad, repectively, are cool trio performances with Garrison and Rashied Ali. The next 3 songs are with the same trio, but Alice plays harp on them instead of piano. I love Alice's harp playing on Ptah The El Daoud and especially Journey In Satchidananda, but there is something different about it here. It is freer and looser. I didn't realize until listening to this what a modal instrument the harp is, not to mention beautiful and highly spiritual. The 3 harp songs may be difficult to enjoy at first, but they are very rewarding in time.

"Altruvista" is a solo piano piece that actually came from a session with the John Coltrane quintet. If anyone doubts Alice's virtuosity as a musician, they should hear this. The song seems to be based on wholetone scales, which are very difficult to master, but she runs up and down the keyboard with an amazing facility.

A Monastic Trio may not be as good as Ptah The El Daoud or Journey In Satchidanada, but it is definitely worth buying nevertheless. Check it out!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Alice Coltrane's first album was a stunner 10 Sep 2009
By The Dude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alice Coltrane's first album was a stunner that has stood the test of time well. The album opens with the moving piece "Lord Help Me to Be" and Alice's beautiful, fluid piano work. Add in the unmistakable Pharoah Sanders and the music just gets better. "Lovely Sky Boat" adds harp to the roster of jazz instruments; Alice plays it better than anybody. Along with the other early albums
"Huntington Ashram Monastery" and "Ptah the El Daoud", "A Monastic Trio" should be in every jazz collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Working through it 20 Sep 2005
By J. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alice is still woking within the sounds of John Coltrane's band sound here. i don't think of this as "free jazz" as some people have claimed. there are moments of free rythmic harmony, but the pieces are very structured and tight. maybe a little too tight. on future releases, Alice would really embrace the more exotic elements of her spirituality and her her music benefited from it greatly (in my opinion). "A Monastic Trio" remains a solid album and a worthy addition to any open minded jazz fan's collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unique and exceptional! 12 Sep 2012
By Ripley I - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to write this review. This album was one of the first I bought after recently getting into Jazz, and John Coltrane in particular. I liked the album but moved on to others for a few months. I recently came back to this album and was blown away by the originality as well as the exceptional groove and feel. There are albums that are higher rated by "experts", but this album, and Alice in general, is up there with the best of all time!
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