Monday, January 15, 2007

The remarkable Alice Coltrane departs the earthly dimension


No doubt Alice is doing a lot better with the reality of her leaving this realm than a lot of us are here. With the news of the passings of both Mrs. Coltrane and saxophonist Michael Brecker last weekend, there is big-time mourning in the world of jazz.

I attended her last public performance at San Francisco's Masonic Auditorium on November 4, 2006 - as well as her June 1975 Keystone Korner appearance - and was overjoyed, overwhelmed and transported by the emotional and spiritual power of her music.

Here's the best clip I could find, but a few moments of Alice conjuring amazing sounds from the magic keyboard, in a duo with percussionist Jeff "Tain" Waits at The House Of Blues in L.A., November 2005.

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