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Album Review: The Carnegie Hall Concert
Alice Coltrane
Cover image of the album The Carnegie Hall Concert by Alice Coltrane
The Carnegie Hall Concert
Alice Coltrane
2024 / Impulse Records
79 minutes
Review by Steve Yip
A single has already been released -- “Shiva-Loka” is from Alice Coltrane’s historic February 21, 1971 live performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The entire recording of the concert will drop in a couple of days -- March 22 to be exact.

Alice Coltrane plays the piano and harp and she herself has been an outstanding cultural pacesetter in her own right. She, of course, is John Coltrane’s second wife. As leader Alice captured a cadre of impressive personnel -- we are talking about musicians who are themselves pacesetters in jazz fusion -- two saxophonists -- Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp. Two bassists -- Jimmy Garrison and Cecil McBee. Two drummers -- Ed Blackwell and Clifford Jarvis. And then adding to the overall mesmerizing atmospherics of the South Asian-influenced music -- Kumar Kramer, and Tulsi Reynolds playing harmonium and tamboura respectively.

The playlist is as follows: “Journey in Satchidananda”; “Shiva-Loka”; “Africa”; and “Leo”. The latter two are John Coltrane compositions.

The concert itself was a special event benefiting the Integral Yoga Institute. Impulse Records was keen enough to have the concert recorded. The recital is finally ready for release. Carnegie Hall itself recognized the significance of this musical and cultural event where their website is hailing the imminent release. And the institution is holding a panel discussion and listening on March 20th.

Other listening events of The Carnegie Hall Concert will be held in California, New York, Berlin and London on March 20-21. Apparently, this release kicks off a milestone “Year Of Alice” Celebration In Partnership With The John & Alice Coltrane Home, located in Dix Hills on Long Island, New York.

The album is available from Amazon, Apple /iTunes and streaming sites including Spotify.
March 19, 2024
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