The full recording of Alice Coltrane’s special performance at Carnegie Hall in 1971 is now being made available in full for the first time by Impulse Records.
The Carnegie Hall Concert captures the jazz legend performing at a special gala benefiting the Integral Yoga Institute at the historic New York music venue. It was Coltrane’s first performance as a leader at Carnegie Hall.
The concert took place just after the release of Coltrane’s fourth solo album Journey in Satchidananda and after a five-week spiritual journey in India. The set includes two tunes from Journey in Satchidananda, followed by two compositions by her husband John Coltrane, who had died four years earlier.
Coltrane’s band that night was a large jazz ensemble comprising saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp, bassists Jimmy Garrison and Cecil McBee, drummers Ed Blackwell and Clifford Jarvis, harmonium player Kumar Kramer, and tamboura player Tulsi Reynolds.
Listen to “Shiva-Loka” below: