Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

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Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby Quaco » 20 Sep 2011, 03:17

I was listening to Pharoah Sanders' Summun Bukmun Umyun last night. Yeah, it's very good! The bass viol solo on "Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord" (aka side two) is so amazing. In general, I love the waves-of-sound style of Sanders. I also love the positivity of the message usually associated with this period of jazz.

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Also been enjoying a bit of Alice Coltrane stuff lately in the form of Universal Consciousness...

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Of course, there's also John Coltrane.


What are your favorite cosmic jazz albums?
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Re: Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby pcqgod » 20 Sep 2011, 04:19

Hasn't clicked with me. :(
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Postby Quaco » 20 Sep 2011, 04:23

For what it's worth, what I like about this stuff is that it's psychedelic. It's as close as jazz gets to The Beatles, or to rock really. It's not about soloing or fancy chord progressions as much as about drones, waves of sound, and overall impact. I do like the other kind sometimes too, but this very definitely speaks to me in a psychedelic way.
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Postby Magilla » 20 Sep 2011, 10:42

I'm not sure I've got anything in this exact sub-genre, even though I've got a decent amount of free jazz albums and other albums by Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders.

I've got Alice Coltrane's A Monastic Trio and Eternity and like them well enough, but when it comes to the more outre forms of jazz I tend like the more blasting, free jazz albums like Spiritual Unity, Black Unity, Karma, Free Jazz, Ascension, etc.

Having said that, I am keen to explore more of cosmic sort of thing.
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Postby king feeb » 20 Sep 2011, 10:48

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Actually one of Ra's more accessible albums, but it's very cosmic... and mysterious sounding. Some cool vocals from June Tyson, too.
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Postby never/ever » 20 Sep 2011, 12:26

I'd list Jon Hassell as my favorite cosmic jazz artist and one certain Jean-Luc Ponty closely behind but I fear that they're not exactly matching your idea of cosmic...
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Re: Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby Snarfyguy » 20 Sep 2011, 19:47

Quaco wrote:Pharoah Sanders

Exactly who I thought of when I saw the thread title, except this album:

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Side 2 is a bit of a free jazz racket, but side 1 is a really nice morning-after-an-acid-trip kind of mindwash. Very positive, spritual, life-affirming stuff.
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Postby C » 20 Sep 2011, 20:35

never/ever wrote:and one certain Jean-Luc Ponty closely behind but I fear that they're not exactly matching your idea of cosmic...


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Postby Quaco » 21 Sep 2011, 14:35

Thanks for the responses, guys! I definitely will check out that Pharoah Sanders one. And that Sun Ra. The more Santana and Jean-Luc Ponty could be good. Maybe I'll try those more. (I have certain stuff by them already.)

WHat's the Lenny White album like? I have always seen it on Atlantic inner sleeves from the '70s but never actually heard it!
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Re: Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby fange » 21 Sep 2011, 15:04

I don't know if you could really call it a cosmic jazz album in the way that Sun Ra's often were, but if you're interested in a fine transcendental/spiritual jazz album, you could do a lot worse than checking out this early 70s Impulse album by violinist Michael White, Quaco...

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It is a beautiful album, wonderfully uplifting but also musically satisfying i think as well.

Here's a link to Amazon where you can check out bits of it... link
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Postby hookfinger » 21 Sep 2011, 15:11

I'm kinda partial to this....
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Postby fange » 05 Jun 2018, 08:00

fange wrote:I don't know if you could really call it a cosmic jazz album in the way that Sun Ra's often were, but if you're interested in a fine transcendental/spiritual jazz album, you could do a lot worse than checking out this early 70s Impulse album by violinist Michael White, Quaco...

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It is a beautiful album, wonderfully uplifting but also musically satisfying i think as well.

Here's a link to Amazon where you can check out bits of it... link

I was just playing this one today and wanted to remind people about it.

Here's the title suite...

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Re: Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby trans-chigley express » 05 Jun 2018, 11:13

hookfinger wrote:I'm kinda partial to this....
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This is my favourite of the Alice Coltrane albums I have. It’s become my go to transcendental/cosmic jazz album of choice whenever I need a cosmic jazz moment which is surprisingly often days. I think it’s a symptom of ageing or an antidote to Hong Kong’s hectic lifestyle.

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Postby harvey k-tel » 05 Jun 2018, 14:32

This one is my go to:

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Re: Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby joels344 » 05 Jun 2018, 16:46

Adding some more entries here to what has already been posted:

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This is an essential for fans of manic and unusual guitar playing. Clocking in at barely 31 minutes, making this a fairly quick listen as well. But you’ll be wanting more by the end.

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Spiritual jazz for the modern era. It’s a well-known and commercially successful release for good reason. Kamasi may not be reinventing the wheel or anything, but he hits all the right notes and makes this experience memorable.

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Re: Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby pcqgod » 06 Jun 2018, 16:45

This 2017 album from Nicole Mitchell probably fits this category. Whatever the case, I think it's great.

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Re: Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby The Modernist » 08 Jun 2018, 20:56

This is a classic

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Re: Favorite transcendantal/cosmic jazz albums?

Postby harvey k-tel » 22 Aug 2018, 18:12

From BBE Records website:

"The Tohru Aizawa Quartet was a group made up of Japanese student musicians who never played a gig together and recorded only one album, Tachibana. The LP was recorded in 1975 and, until included on BBE’s recent J Jazz compilation, was unknown except to a small group of obsessive Japanese jazz collectors.

The Quartet was made up of four amateur musicians who were at university at the time. The recording session was financed by a local businessman, Ikujiroh Tachibana, who pressed up a few hundred vinyl copies to use as a business card. In the intervening 40 odd years since its recording, few copies have surfaced, making it an in-demand yet elusive artefact from the golden age of Japanese jazz. BBE Records are honoured to present a fully authorised reissue of this holy grail, licensed directly from the band themselves.

Tachibana has all the necessary components of a cult album: pressed in small numbers, a few mysterious and vague details about its origins, languishing in obscurity for decades and, above all, superb musical craftsmanship and skill. It can now be enjoyed by a new audience around the world."


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