First Time Reissued With Its Original Cover!
Cosmic Music, originally self-released by Alice Coltrane in 1968 and later
issued by Impulse!, features two tracks (''Manifestation'' and ''Rev. King'') by
John Coltrane's legendary final quintet that were recorded in San Francisco on
February 2nd, 1966 and two more (''Lord Help Me To Be'' and ''The Sun'') from
Alice Coltrane's very first session as a bandleader, recorded six months after
her husband's passing.
''Manifestation'' opens with the group already in mid-flight: Trane's fierce
tenor leads the way with Pharoah Sanders' blistering sax and Alice's powerful
chords hearing his call. On ''Rev. King,'' Trane introduces a lyrical theme and
then the composition erupts into fiery incantations, while Jimmy Garrison's bass
throbs alongside the propulsive, gravity-defying drumming of Rashied Ali.
Foreshadowing her majestic debut, A Monastic Trio, ''Lord Help Me To Be'' brings
Alice's celestial piano playing and inspired improvisations to the foreground
with Sanders, Garrison and drummer Ben Riley rumbling in tow. ''The Sun,'' a
meditative ballad with subtle urgency, perfectly closes the album's
As John Coltrane recites on the final track, ''May there be peace and love
and perfection throughout all creation.''
• Vinyl LP
• First time reissued with its original cover
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Alice Coltrane, piano
Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone, piccolo
Jimmy Garrison, bass
Rashied Ali, drums
Ben Riley, percussion
2. Lord Help Me To Be
3. Rev. King
4. The Sun