Kirtan: Turiya Sings LP


Put down on cassette in 1981, Kirtan: Turiya Sings comprises nine devotional songs that Alice Coltrane (aka Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda) recorded for members of her Sai Anantam Ashram. The tremendously talented artist—a highly influential pioneer of spiritual jazz—founded the ashram in 1983 and would perform solo and with groups there. Now the music receives an official release on vinyl, via Impulse! Records/UMe. Kirtan is a Sanskrit word for reciting or storytelling, while turiya is pure consciousness—a state of mind that transcends all others. The stirring record features organs, synthesizers, strings and other effects and has been produced by Ravi Coltrane.