Little known Alice Coltrane recording to be issued this summer as Kirtan: Turiya Sings

The devotional Kirtan: Turiya Sings (Turiya Sings was a 1982 cassette-only release) by Alice Coltrane is to be issued by Impulse this summer. From her ashram, Coltrane (Turiyasangitananda or Turiya as she was also known) is on vocals and …

Published: 2 Jun 2021. Updated: 3 months.

The devotional Kirtan: Turiya Sings (Turiya Sings was a 1982 cassette-only release) by Alice Coltrane is to be issued by Impulse this summer.

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From her ashram, Coltrane (Turiyasangitananda or Turiya as she was also known) is on vocals and Wurlitzer organ with overdubbed strings and synths part of the overall concept.

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Produced by her son saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, 'Krishna Krishna' is streaming ahead of the 16 July release. Listening, an ineffable, uncanny, serenity surrounds. The words include these rendered in translation as “O Madhusudana, worshipable One/Who is the embodiment/Of divine love”. Ravi is quoted by the label that ''On this album, your heart and spirit will be turned toward divine inspiration and appreciation.” Alice Coltrane, top. Photo: via Impulse!

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Pieces of eight: Jazz Masters students at Royal Academy of Music online tonight

In 6/8 time? That would be neat. Compositions for octet tonight at 6pm (London/Dublin time) are streaming by jazz masters students at the Royal Academy of Music. Octets are fairly unusual. Maybe the 1950s was when they had their shining hour …

Published: 2 Jun 2021. Updated: 3 months.

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In 6/8 time? That would be neat. Compositions for octet tonight at 6pm (London/Dublin time) are streaming by jazz masters students at the Royal Academy of Music. Octets are fairly unusual. Maybe the 1950s was when they had their shining hour more than any decade. But hey go back to the marvellous sound of Red Norvo and Teddy Wilson in the 1930s and switch on an electric light in your mind why not. Swings like a mother. Check out in more recent years the late Keith Tippett's octet fusing trad Irish rhythms or by complete contrast more in a modal direction, Nostalgia 77.

Log-in to see who's on. ''Previous years,'' says the Academy website ''have seen premiere performances of now established and acclaimed young players such as Ashley Henry, Lauren Kinsella, Misha Mullov-Abbado and many more.''

Wonder what they'll play. And, lastly, a double quartet isn't an octet or is it? Link to the stream