1/  Ptah, The El Daoud                         (Coltrane)                    13.58
  2/  Turiya and Ramakrishna                     (Coltrane)                    8.19
  3/  Blue Nile                                  (Coltrane)                    6.58
  4/  Mantra                                     (Coltrane)                    16.33

          Recorded at the COltrane home studio, Dix Hills, New York, January 26, 1970
          Recording engineer: W.L. Barneke
          Produced by Ed Michel
          Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna
          Digitally Remastered by Erick Labson at MCA Music
Alice Coltrane: harp, piano; Pharoah Sanders: alto flute, tenor saxophone, bells (right channel); Ben Riley: drums; Joe Henderson: tenor saxophone, alto flute (left channel); Ron Carter: bass.

          1970 - Impulse! Records (USA), AS-9196 (Vinyl)
          1996 - Impulse! Records (USA), IMPD-201 (CD)


After John Coltrane's death in 1967, his widow Alice Coltrane recorded a few albums and then dropped out of the jazz scene to raise a family and become much more involved in her religious life. This album was arguably her finest post-1967 recording. Playing piano and harp in a quintet with the tenors of Pharoah Sanders and Joe Henderson, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Ben Riley, Coltrane stretches out on four of her compositions, sounding both soulful and spiritual. She had grown as a pianist during the past three years and it is a pity that she did not continue after this session on a full-time basis.

Scott Yanow (courtesy of the All Music Guide, via the Get Music website)