Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda ("Turiya") was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, composer, vocalist, and swamini. After establishing herself as a canny bop and hard bop pianist on the fertile Detroit scene of the late 1950s, she studied with Bud Powell in Paris during the early '60s. She met saxophonist John Coltrane in 1963, and they were married two years later. Alice was his primary musical collaborator during his final period. After his death in 1967, she issued her solo debut, A Monastic Trio, for Impulse! in 1968, playing both piano and harp. Coltrane released seven albums for Impulse! between 1968 and 1972. Among them are Ptah, The El Daoud, Journey in Satchidananda, and the landmark Universal Consciousness and World Galaxy, employing chamber and orchestral strings from various disciplines in addition to jazz ...
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