Lord Of Lords

Lord Of Lords

Released in 1973, Lord of Lords was Alice Coltrane's final album for the Impulse! label

Artist: Alice Coltrane

Genre: Jazz

Label: ELEMENTAL MUSIC

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Originally released in 1972, Lord Of Lords was Alice Coltrane's final album for Impulse! and the last installment in her awe-inspiring trilogy that also included Universal Consciousness and World Galaxy. While all three records featured strings alongside a jazz ensemble, Lords Of Lords stood apart from its predecessors due to the sheer size of the orchestra (12 violins, 6 violas and 7 cellos, arranged and conducted by Coltrane herself) and its refined, blissful performances – shining a vital light on the devotional path that she would follow for the rest of her career. On the first two pieces, Andromeda's Suffering and Sri Rama Ohnedaruth (titled after the spiritual name for her late husband), Alice's dazzling piano and harp blend perfectly with the blanket of strings, while the haunting rhythm section of Charlie Haden and Ben Riley and a magnificent, droning electric organ emerge immaculately on the title track and closer Going Home. Coltrane's musical vision is bold in its imagination and cosmic in scope, yet remains intensely personal and immediate. Lord Of Lords points inward as much as to the beyond, recalling her classical roots and recasting Eastern modes to radically invert the American avant-garde and spiritual jazz traditions.

About the artist

Alice Coltrane (née McLeod; August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007) was an American jazz musician and composer. She was an accomplished pianist and one of the few harpists in the history of jazz. Coltrane recorded many albums as a bandleader, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse! and other record labels. Known for her spiritual jazz style, her music had a wide influence both within and outside the world of jazz.

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