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BOUJELOUD performing at Jazzhouse, Copenhagen on the 17th of February, 2017 – as a part of the Vinterjazz Festival.

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Thembi shows Pharoahs signature hypnotic style, from traditional jazz structures to avant garde wails and spiritual chaotic passages. Its first track, Astral Traveling, shows the uniqueness of timbre and tone that can be achieved through a Fender Rhodes, played here by Lonnie Liston Smith. By chance it was Pharoah who introduced Lonnie to the instrument, and from then own he carved his own cosmic funk style. Lonnie’s first album in 1973 carries the same name and mood. I had actually uploaded that particular album (with bonus alternate versions) on 2015 but it got blocked in most countries. It’s VERY recommended that you listen to that album….

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After her husband’s death, Alice continued the spiritual journey she started with John a few years before his untimely end. Indian spirituality and mysticism had played a very important role on the couple’s life. On the musical side, it reflects a new type of music. Where indian ragas, harp and chants seamlessly blend with the most avant garde jazz tradition. I have infinite respect for a woman that managed to find her own unique voice and style among the legendary jazz figures of her time.

Another album that must be heard from start to finish.

1. Journey in Satchidananda (0:00)
2. Shiva-Loka (6:39)
3. Stopover Bombay (13:17)
4. Something about John Coltrane (16:12)
5. Isis and Osiris (25:56)

Alice Coltrane — harp, piano
Pharoah Sanders — soprano saxophone, percussion
Vishnu Wood — oud (on track 5)
Charlie Haden — bass (on track 5)
Cecil McBee — bass (on tracks 1-4)
Tulsi — tambura (on tracks 1-4)
Rashied Ali — drums
Majid Shabazz — bells, tambourine (on tracks 1-4)

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