The late Alice Coltrane believed that music was the perfect vehicle to express the depth of her spirituality; although the notion of a rock or jazz musician finding a guru seemed passé by this time. Alice Coltrane also managed to show that her interest in religion gave her vital creative energy. Most of this album (1976) is centred round Wurlitzer organ, Eastern percussion, some drones, bass and drums. Opening with `Spiritual Eternal', with a jazzy bass line, some strings, and some nifty keyboard work, it's uplifting.
`Wisdom Eye' features some beautiful almost other-worldly harp playing, probably the most introspective piece and absolutely beautiful.
`Los Caballos' is dedicated to the horses on her ranch, with Santana like percussion and some dexterous keyboard playing.
`Om Supreme' intricate keyboard playing and chanting, with the atmosphere of a movie soundtrack. A real `grower'; I squirmed the first few times I heard it, but got won over.
`Morning Worship', dedicated to the Goddess Kali, with its almost ambient style structure, is stunning.
Alice Coltrane's classical influences are showcased in `Spring Rounds From Rite of Spring', her imaginative interpretation of Stravinsky.
An enchanting release, highly recommended. Needs a number of plays to appreciate. Alice Coltrane's musical vision was unique, and each track on offer is different.