Saturday, August 27, 2011

Happy Birthday: Alice Coltrane

Alice Coltrane
(August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007)

Alice Coltrane was a Jazz composer, pianist, organist and one of the few harpists in the genre. She was also the wife of saxophone colossal John Coltrane and mother of Ravi Coltrane.

Coltrane recorded and released 22 albums on Impulse!, Columbia and Warner Bros. and was a sideperson for John Coltrane, Terry Gibbs, McCoy Tyner and Joe Henderson. Being a devotee of the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba, the majority of her compositions were centered around her beliefs.

Hip-Hop/Electronic roducer Flying Lotus is a nephew of Alice Coltrane.

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