Cosmic Compositions Presents: “Avant Garde Series Vol.2 [Alice Coltrane] “
There are literally mountains of beat oriented compilations released these days, and while many have some great artists and music, they often lack a unique or engaging theme. The Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series however is definitely one of the most intriguing compilations around.
The series focuses on beatmakers flipping the music of one influential artist from the realm of 50s and 60s experimental jazz. The first release was centered around saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and now the latest features Alice Coltrane as a beatmaking muse. Beatmakers from all over the world rose up to the task, rounding out a spiritual and ephemeral 25-track beat voyage.[Via]
We feel there are huge similarity’s between the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz movement of the 50’s & 60’s & the beat movement of Today. As both movements attempted to break down, extend & alter the conventions of their original genres (Jazz & Hip Hop) & were never afraid to experiment & improvise to create something that wasn’t accepted commercially at the time. – Cosmic Compositions
This compilation is a dedication to American jazz pianist, organist, harpist and composer Alice Coltrane.
“She was central to the Indocentric/Spiritual jazz of the early ’70s and arguably the first instance of a female instrumentalist assuming a defining role in a jazz subgenre. She spent the majority of her life seeking spiritually in both music and her private life & shared her husband’s [Jazz Legend John Coltrane] instincts in taking great artistic risks to pursue a spiritual quest.” – Jazz Times
Listen to and download Avant Garde Series Vol.2 [Alice Coltrane] below: