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On this day in jazz (July 04)

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On this day in 1970, Alice Coltrane recorded the song "Isis and Osiris" at The Village Gate in New York City. The song would be the last song on her fourth album Journey in Satchidananda. Satchidananda refers to Satchidananda Saraswati (aka Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidananda) whose religious teachings Alice followed. On the album Alice plays the harp and piano, Pharoah Sanders adds soprano saxophone and percussion, Vishnu Wood plays the oud (only on "Isis and Osiris"), Charlie Haden plays the bass (only on "Isis and Osiris"--Cecil McBee plays bass on all other songs), Tulsi plays the tambura and Majid Shabazz plays bells & tambourine (on all tracks by "Isis and Osiris") and Rashied Ali plays the drums on all songs.

Critics in general rate the album highly, and punk rocker Paul Weller of The Jam / The Style Council lists it as one of his favorite albums. I also like it a lot and agree with Thom Jurek's view that the album is quite approachable and accessible. Thom also said this: "...a remarkable album, and necessary for anyone interested in the development of modal and experimental jazz". Give it a listen!

Here's Alice with "Isis and Osiris":

Track listing:


  1. "Journey in Satchidananda" -6:39
  2. "Shiva-Loka" - 6:37
  3. "Stopover Bombay" - 2:54
  4. "Something About John Coltrane" - 9:44
  5. "Isis and Osiris" - 11:49


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:28