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AN EXCELLENT lLITTLE DISCOVERY..
on 20 February 2004
Now, im not particularly well versed in the area of jazz, but was so swept away in most of these tunes i felt compelled to type a few words.
Wife of the late John Coltrane, Journey was recorded in 1970 and was inspired she says, "from my own beloved spiritual perceptor Swami Satchidananda". Satchindananda apparently means 'knowledge-existence- bliss'. Now, all ideologies philosophies and transcendental things aside, this is a totally remarkable & quite acessible piece of jazz fusion.
There is a beautiful/ sublime meditative quality achieved through the use of harp, tambourine, bells, a tamboura, (a 4 stringed indian drone instrument which sounds alot like a sitah), spelling?, & an oud (a north African instrument). So theres a heady collision of exotic sounds that puts the album in its own slightly- 'cosmic psycadellic transcendental' sort of a niche. The musicianship is outstanding - im sure those familiar with jazz would probably recognise the contributors such as Pharoe Saunders & alike.
I bought this around the same time as Miles' Bitches Brew, which in comparison is a much more 'difficult' j.fusion/ listen. This has a level of accesability that anyone new to jazz could appreciate/ enjoy; but that in no way undermines its level of accomplishment, which is stunning & sophisticated without being pretentious or tooooo abstract or free form, like her other album Transfiguration.
After youve immersed yourself in this one, then grab Ptah.. a very close second contendor. I cant imagine anywone with an interest in Jazz not gaining pleasure from this. A very classy cd indeed, oh & the packaging for a change is not the standard plastic rubbish, but linstead ike a mini record sleeve with glossy cover & lovely b/w photos inside on decent paper! So yeah, all in all highly reccomended!!