Alice Coltrane starts the recording of her ‘Universal Consciousness’ album (1971)

Alice Coltrane’s ‘Universal Consciousness’ is her fifth solo album recorded between April 6 & June 1971 and released the same year by Impulse! Records.

Track Listing : 1.Universal Consciousness (Alice Coltrane) – 05:06 . 2.Battle At Armageddon (Alice Coltrane) – 07:20 . 3.O Allah (Alice Coltrane) – 05:00 . 4.Hare Krishna (Alice Coltrane) – 08:14 . 5.Sita Ram (Alice Coltrane) – 04:47 . 6.The Ankh Of Amen-Ra (Alice Coltrane) – 06:09

Musicians : Alice Coltrane — Harp, Organ . Jimmy Garrison – Bass On (1 – 3 – 4 – 5) . Jack Dejohnette – Drums On (1 – 3 – 4) . Clifford Jarvis – Drums On (4 – 5), Percussion On (4) . Rashied Ali – Drums On (2 – 6), Wind Chimes On (6) . Tulsi – Tamboura On (4 – 5) . John Blair – Violin On (1 – 3 – 4) . Julius Brand – Violin On (1 – 3 – 4) . Leroy Jenkins, Joan Kalisch – Violin On (1 – 3 – 4)

Production : Produced By Alice Coltrane, Brian Konairz . Alice Coltrane . W. Barneke – Engineer . Roy Musgnug – Engineer . Tony May – Engineer, Mixing . Ed Michel – Mixing

Arrangements : Alice Coltrane

Recorded Between April 6 & June 1971 At A&R Recording, New York City And/Or At The Coltrane Studio, Dix Hills, New York.

Released In 1971 By Impulse! Records.

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JazzTimes
Coltrane trumped herself with Universal Consciousness. Her debut as an organist is stunningand the instrument accentuates the Bud Powell-inspired chops occasionally referred to in contemporary commentary but rarely hinted at in previous recordings. Additionally, her sound was the polar opposite of Larry Young’s, favoring an almost nasal timbre seemingly inspired by Indian reed instruments. […]

PopMatters
The instruments begin to bleed together—you can hear the difference between harp and organ, but it doesn’t quite register the feeling is so similar—and the other players fall right into this off-kilter groove. Bassist Jimmy Garrison runs his notes down whatever rabbit hole presents itself in the sound. […]

hprill @ RateYourMusic
Rather than sounding like an album by the John Coltrane backing band without John Coltrane, Alice finds her own vocabulary and her own musical structures hereand while the tracks still aren’t pushing forward, the soundscapes created on this recording feel ever so much more substantial than on her previous albums. […]

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