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 Powells 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 Coltranes band, and while not the pianist Tyner was, her tentative, gently probing style fitted the requirements of Coltranes music at that point.
After John Coltranes death in 1967, Alice carried on promoting his music, issuing through Impulse! Records a number of sessions that might...
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