Alice Coltrane

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz World
Tags: jazz free jazz avant-garde experimental psychedelic avant-garde jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alice McLeod, 27 August 1937, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 12 January 2007, Los Angeles, California, USA. Alice McLeod came from a musical family (bass player Ernie Farrow was her brother), and studied piano in Detroit, where she worked in a trio and with vibes player Terry Pollard, before going to Europe and coming under the influence of Bud Powell’s playing. She worked with Terry Gibbs on her return to the USA and it was during her stint with Gibbs (1962-63) that she first met John Coltrane. After his divorce from Naima, Alice married him in 1965 and they had three children together. At the end of the year she had replaced McCoy Tyner in Coltrane’s band, and while not the pianist Tyner was, her tentative, gently probing style fitted the requirements of Coltrane’s music at that point.

After John Coltrane’s death in 1967, Alice carried on promoting his music, issuing through Impulse! Records a number of sessions that might...

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