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Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana

  • 1. Govinda Jai Jai
    2. Ganesha
    3. Prema Muditha
    4. Hare Krishna
    5. Om Namah Sivaya
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2986

  • Credits
    ProducerEd Michael
    EngineerBaker Bigsby

    Personnel: Alice Coltrane (harp, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, percussion); Brahmajyoti Lee, Ramakrishna, Purushattama Hickson, Jagadaya, Sarada Devi, Sarasvati King, Shanti Kuronen, Rudrishya Pace, Shankari Mahashakti, Saishwar Roberts (vocals, hand claps, percussion); Michaelle Sita Coltrane (tamboura); Arjuna John Coltrane, Jr. (drums).
    Recording information: The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA (08/05/1976-08/23/1976); The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA (08/05/1976-08/23/1976).
    Director: Alice Coltrane.
    Illustrator: Gary Panter.
    Photographer: Gary Heery.
    Arranger: Alice Coltrane.
    Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana was issued in the mid-'70s by Warner Bros. Forgoing jazz altogether, this set is a series of devotional songs from the Hare Krisha religion that Alice Coltrane practiced. Three of the tracks here are chants, with Coltrane backing a vocal chorus on Fender Rhodes and organ. They are memorable, catchy, and moving given the joy of the singers. The other two tracks here feature Coltrane's interpretations of Indian songs. On "Ganesha," she plays harp and is accompanied only by Sita Coltrane on tamboura. This is not jazz in any sense of the word, but it is engaging, utterly interesting music, particularly for Alice's juxtaposition of space against melody. "Om Nama Sivaya" is the album's closer, and at 19 minutes is over half of the disc's entire length. Here is where the great jazz musician shows her face. Playing Wurlitzer organ, Alice is backed only by John Coltrane Jr. on drums. She improvises against a traditional Indian mode and stretches it until it turns back on itself, breaks, moves into other modalities of harmonic invention, and rebuilds itself. It's driving, with a circular rhythm and head that reveals itself at odd junctures, and is full of great soloing. This track alone makes the set worth its purchase price. ~ Thom Jurek

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