Mojo (Publisher) - p.1334 stars out of 5
-- "Cascading piano arpeggios and swirling harp glissandi dominate...Mesmerizing."
Personnel: Alice Coltrane (harp, piano, organ, timpani, percussion); Alice Coltrane; Gerald Vinci, Nathan Kaproff, James Getzoff, Ronald Folsom, Julius Brand, Joan Kalisch, Lou Klass, Leonard Malarsky, Bernard Kundell, John Ellington Blair, Leroy Jenkins, Sidney Sharp, William Henderson , Gordon Marron Strings, Janice Gower (violin); Myra Kestenbaum, David Schwartz , Leonard Selic, Rollice Dale, Marilyn Baker, Samuel Boghossian (viola); Jerry Kessler, Jan Kelly, Anne Goodman, Raphael Kramer, Ray Kelley, Edgar Lustgarten, Jesse Ehrlich (cello); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Garrison (bass instrument); Ron Carter (bass guitar); Ben Riley (drums, percussion); Majid Shabazz (tambourine, bells); Chuck Stewart (percussion); Pharoah Sanders (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion); Ravi Coltrane (soprano saxophone, percussion); Rashied Ali (drums, percussion); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/29/1968-04/29/2000); Coltrane Home Studios, Dix Hills, NY (01/29/1968-04/29/2000); New York, NY (01/29/1968-04/29/2000); Ocean Way Studio, Hollywood, CA (01/29/1968-04/29/2000); Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA (01/29/1968-04/29/2000).
Introduction bys: Pharoah Sanders; John Coltrane.
Photographers: Philip Melnick; Chuck Stewart.
Arranger: Alice Coltrane.
Trained as a pianist, though also adept at harp, organ, percussion, and as a composer and arranger, Alice Coltrane's aesthetic was deeply influenced by the avant garde, Eastern spirituality, and the modal explorations of her late husband, John Coltrane. IMPULSE STORY collects eight tracks from Alice Coltrane's Impulse output, providing an overview of her work for the label (all but "Translinear Light," from the 2000 album of the same name, are from the late 1960s and early '70s).
Each of the compositions were written by the artist, with the exception of the excerpts from her dazzling interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird." Expansive, gorgeous, and not unconnected to the jazz tradition of bop and swing, the music on IMPULSE STORY is a fine introduction to this too-often overlooked figure. A personnel roster that includes luminaries like Pharoah Sanders, Rashied Ali, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, and Jack DeJohnette is further reason to pick up this well-selected set.