Journey in Satchidananda

Journey in Satchidananda

John Coltrane’s influence on his widow’s fourth solo album is profound, with hypnotic modal constructions and bass ostinatos; the LP represents a watershed for her as she forged an identity apart from free jazz. Journey in Satchidananda was cut shortly after she met guru Swami Satchidananda, which explains the tamboura drones played by Tulsi. “Something About John Coltrane” is redolent with echoes of “A Love Supreme,” with enchanting sax lines by Pharoah Sanders, while “Isis and Osiris” introduces the twangy oud, complementing Alice’s cascading harp lines.

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