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Monday, June 1, 2009

Track(s) of the Day: Spiritual Jazz Mix

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Alice Coltrane
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If we're going to live in a fog forest for the near future, we might as well get a soundtrack going that works with all this white mist. Over at the Giving Up Food For Funk blog, Prayve has posted a free, downloadable mix of "modal and spiritual jazz," a really incredible collection of artists that uplifts a gray afternoon until something a little more, well, heavenly. Among these tracks is one of my personal favorites, Alice Coltrane's "Blue Nile," which showcases her graceful way with the harp (subtly accompanied by Pharoah Sanders' and Joe Henderson's flute solos). It's a song that always makes me regret never seeing Coltrane while she was still alive. Other highlights include Clifford Jordan's "Ouagadougou" and Lloyd Miller's "Gol-e Gandom." But every track here--songs that were recorded in the '60s and '70s, and are personal favorites of Prayve's, pulled from his record collection--is pretty great.   

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