7. Alice Coltrane, 'The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda'
After the death of her husband, saxophonist-seeker John Coltrane, pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane continued their mutual, spiritual pursuit on solo LPs such as 1968's A Monastic Trio and 1971's Journey in Satchidananda, then in a full-time retreat into devotion and service. In 1975, Coltrane founded the Vedantic Center in southern California, performing at the ashram and recording cassettes of chants and electronic meditations into the mid-Nineties. This compilation, the first substantial release of that music into the secular world, binds the certainty of John's quest on 1965's A Love Supreme with spatial, electronic improvisation and group-vocal exchanges that connect field hollers and black-church testimony to Parliament-Funkadelic and the harmony heat in Earth, Wind & Fire. Created in seclusion, here is healing without walls, calm for all.