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2015 repress. In 1966, she replaced pianist McCoy Tyner in her husband John Coltrane's group. Coltrane's work became a spiritual wellspring for her, but she surely developed her own style on piano, organ, harp, and later, Indian instruments such as the tamboura. After Coltrane's death in 1967, Alice began recording under her own name for Impulse!, leading groups that included at various times saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Joe Henderson, Frank Lowe, and Carlos Ward, double bass players Cecil McBee and Jimmy Garrison, and drummers Rashied Ali, Ben Riley, and Roy Haynes. In the mid-'70s she moved from Impulse! to Warner Bros., for whom she recorded some of her most spiritual and adventurous music ever. Deeply infused with Hindu religious music, whole sides of her albums were devoted to arrangements of religious chants. Transfiguration was recorded live at UCLA in 1978, during a time when she briefly set aside the Hare Krishna choirs and exotic instruments in favor of the trio format of her early period, revisiting with Reggie Workman on bass and Roy Haynes on drums several of her own tunes as well as her late husband's way-out opus 'Leo.' This performance was deeply spiritual, but definitely jazz.

Cat. number: WB 3218HLP
Year: 2015