Boomkat Product Review:
In the more than 50 years since it opened a whole new dimension for jazz, the soaring vision and lush execution of 'Universal Consciousness' has influenced and inspired countless listeners and artists to reach beyond their own horizons.
Composed by and starring legendary harpist Alice Coltrane, with string arrangements transcribed by Ornette Coleman and featuring members of her husband, John Coltrane's band - namely Rashied Ali, Jimmy Garrison, Jack DeJohnette, Clifford Davis, Tulsi - the album marked a bold new direction for Coltrane, consolidating the new, radical ideas of Afro-American independence with profound, mystic intent and an ancient, transcendent consciousness.
It's one of the very first LPs to fuse electrified organ with waves of strings and sparkling, fluid percussion in this way, effectively meeting jazz and (then) emergent new age styles in the heavens, divining a whole other space and sound above and between the eyes. It should be considered the perfect entry point for anyone intrigued by Coltrane's innovative, transcendent work, and a stone cold essential for anyone seeking to expand their spiritual, or earthly, horizons.