Yesterday His Name Is Alive honcho Warren Defever posted an intriguing file to his Mixcloud account, a mashup lasting in excess of 35 minutes featuring the works of spiritual jazz icon John Coltrane and minimalist composer par excellence Terry Riley.
In a mix like this it’s practically inevitable that the Coltrane numbers would predominate and hence be more readily identifiable. The mix features three single-word “A” titles from Coltrane, those being “Alabama,” “Attaining,” and “Ascension.” On the Riley side I think the first number is “Journey from the Death of a Friend” but I’m not certain.
Allow this bracing dose of spirituality to usher in a splendid weekend!
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
‘Impressions of John Coltrane’: 3 vintage TV performances
Live footage of Terry Riley and La Monte Young in the 70s