Alice Coltrane is one of those artists whose recordings I love to stumble upon. I haven't really sought out all she's done in her career (unlike other musicians, whom I seem to have a freakish memory for), but at all the points that I've discovered - from Journey to Satchidananda to her tape releases (my favorite of which you can find here) - she gives nuanced, joyful, and powerful performances.
On this one, she's got a lot of friends (check out this extremely detailed discogs post for the lineup), and the first song sums it up with its abrupt shift from organ introspection to an outburst of soul - there's a lot going on! The middle tracks on each side offer some of the meditative playing I'm familiar with... All in all, a great balance of funky rhythms and spiritual textures, with a little Stravinsky to top it off. Thoroughly enjoyable - I love those weird portamento tones she gets out of that organ!
Here's my jam, all ten minutes:
Enjoy! (I ripped this as sides 1 & 2, excuse my laziness)