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Transfiguration Live

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  • Audio CD (4 Feb. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Jazz
  • ASIN: B00005UVAJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Transfiguration (Live)12:00Album Only
  2. Spoken Introduction And One For The Father (Live) 7:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Prema (Live) 9:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
  4. Affinity (Live)11:09Album Only
  5. Krishnaya (Live) 3:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
  6. Leo, Part One (Live)16:54Album Only
  7. Leo, Part Two (Live)20:37Album Only

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transfiguration [import]alice coltrane (artista), baker bigsby (ingegnere) | formato: audio cd for the father3.prema4.affinity5.krishnaya6.leo (part 1)7.leo (part 2)

BBC Review

Understandably, reactions to Alice Coltrane have often focussed as much on her spirituality as on her playing. The twin focuses (obsessions?) of her music have been the legacy of her late husband and her religious devotion, the two hardly being separable at times.

Transfiguration was recorded live at UCLA in 1978, with Reggie Workman on bass and Roy Haynes on drums. To date, it is the last jazz recording that Coltrane has made. (She has made several subsequent recordings of devotional songs and chants.) In her pre-Coltrane years, Alice was reputedly quite a player of bebop, but by this stage of her career, her playing was a distant relative of those roots, with few overt traces of jazz.

Her electronic keyboard work seems far more influenced by African and Indian musics, and there are often strong affinities with the organ playing of (another devotional figure) minimalist Terry Riley. Her lengthy improvisations show little development, often using repetition and a limited dynamic range to achieve a kind of drone. If that reads like a criticism, it isn't meant to be; the combination of Coltrane's keyboards with Workman and Haynes is highly successful. They provide the flexibility and responsiveness that Coltrane needs to support her playing and stop the minimalism becoming one-dimensional.

One highlight of the album is the long closing version of John Coltrane's "Leo", with fine solos from bass and drums. Alice's long closing solo is also commendable, but the (rather dated) tone of the electronic keyboard she employs does become rather monotonous and wearying over the album's eighty minutes. For this reason, easily the best piece here is "Prema", on which Coltrane plays acoustic piano, and is joined by a nine-piece string section (overdubbed) that provides a perfect complement to her slow, gospel-tinged style. Consequently, this track works best as jazz, and also most closely approaches the universal spirituality that Coltrane seeks to convey. --John Eyles

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr Gene Anthony Gin on 6 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Alice Coltrane is better than John.

You could add the words "in my opinion" if you'd like, and I'm certain that no-one really gives a hootenanny anyway, but it's true - and certainly on her recorded albums.

'Transifiguration', however, is not one of Alice's best. It is a live album, and live albums - Miles' 1970's albums (usually overdubbed and re-Teo'd) and 'Time Fades Away' excepting - are rarely of much use.

The most successful track here - 'Prema' - has an overdubbed string section on it, and is thus, tellingly, the least live recording. The others - well, there are huge moments of spiritual wells - when chasms open up and you forget your earth-bound existence. Mrs Coltrane was good at that. Spiritual enlightenment through music was her forte. But there are also huge moments when the tunes just drag on a bit, and that's not right good, is it?

For lavish, repeatable, prescriptive examples of incredible and odd beauty, see 5 star AC albums 'Journey in Satchidananda', 'Universal Consciousness' & 'World Galaxy'. For 4 & a half star examples see AC albums 'Eternity' & 'Transcendence'. For 4 star examples see 'Lord of Lords' & 'Ptah the El Daoud'. But if a 3 and a half star example will suffice, then start with this.

Alice Coltrane proved her worth above this on many occasions. But I still wish I'd been in that audience. Sigh.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just wonderful! 30 May 2012
By Ripley I - Published on
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This is a live recording, but has great sound and is done very well. Alice Coltrane is really under-appreciated. These songs are fantastic! From the delicate piano-work to the awesome avant-garde organ-work on John Coltrane's "Leo", the music just moves... Add in the incredible drums and bass, and this album has it all. I love it! Some might find the audience clapping and screaming annoying, but for me it adds to the immediacy of the music.
Perfect 14 Feb. 2013
By Kenneth Thomas - Published on
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Perfect Music Transfer. I had no problems getting the music. The sounds from the files were perfect.
I will order more music from this source.
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