Alice Coltrane World Galaxy on LP
Born Alice McLeod into a musical Detroit family, Alice Coltrane began playing piano at age seven and later studied with Bud Powell in Paris. Upon returning to the States, she joined vibraphonist Terry Gibbs' group and eventually shared a bill with the John Coltrane Quartet. Alice and John wed in Juárez, Mexico in 1965 and played alongside one another until his last performance in May 1967. After John's death, Alice became a band leader in her own right, fusing spiritual free jazz and new age with classical, Eastern, post-bop and gospel.
Her meditative 1971 album World Galaxy served as her sixth solo effort overall and stands as one of the finest sets of her career. Coltrane plays piano, harp, and organ here and is accompanied by Reggie Workman (bass), Ben Riley (drums), Leroy Jenkins (violin), Frank Lowe (saxophone), and Elayne Jones (timpani) plus a 16 person strong string orchestra. Anchored by daring reworkings of her late husband's signature cuts "My Favorite Things" and "A Love Supreme," Alice fully embrace's John's inspiration on her work yet still manages to elevate the proceedings with her own idiosyncrasies.