Alice Coltrane   Ptah, The El Daoud
4.2
excellent
Release Date: 1970
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0.0 dynamic range police | April 22nd 23

Impossibly good stuff right here. In my opinion this is rstronger than Journey to Satchidananda for the reason of reducing harp meandering in favor of a stronger post-bop(?) core, striking a stunning balance between spiritual and simply fun jazz. Granted Journey is a classic for good reason, but don't sleep on this!

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3.9 excellentErwann S. STAFF | April 6th 21

5/5 lineup - Alice of course, Pharoah (of course) & Joe Henderson on the sax'n'flute duties, Ben Riley hitting tha drums and Ron Carter's gentle basslines. Despite the clear spiritual undertone, it's when the album mostly draws from the post-bop textbook that it's truly engaging - Alice's piano playing on "Turiya and Ramakrishna" is mesmerizing. It's just a shame we don't get to hear much of her harp - only present on "Blue Nile", sampled by her grand-nephew FlyLo on Cosmogramma. Beautiful and nice, yet not as impacting or awe-inspiring as Journey is.

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4.5 superbThe Aspie Fantastie | April 5th 21

Where this albums falls a little in comparison with Alice's other work (especially 'Journey') is that it takes its merry time to blossom its fruit. By no means is it lacking on any front or overstays its welcome, but its song-writing direction can, by some accounts, not be as immediate or progressing as one'd've hoped. If that is no issue (and even a casual fan of jazz most likely finds that as no issue), then what you'll find hither is a brilliant slow-burning spiritual jazz escapade.

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3.0 goodRight-clicker mentality | July 31st 19

3.2 -- artwork is gorgeous but the music itself can be a tad repetitive and boring.

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