A Monastic Trio

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A Monastic Trio
A Monastic Trio (Alice Coltrane).jpg
Studio album by
Alice Coltrane
ReleasedDecember 1968[1]
RecordedJanuary 29 & June 6, 1968
StudioJohn Coltrane home studios, Dix Hills, New York
GenrePost-bop, avant-garde jazz
Length38:17 (original LP)
LabelImpulse! Records
ProducerAlice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane chronology
A Monastic Trio
Huntington Ashram Monastery

A Monastic Trio is the first solo album by Alice Coltrane. Recorded in 1968 (the reissue includes one track from 1967), she intended it to be a tribute to her husband, John Coltrane, who had died the year before. It originally featured the message: "This music is dedicated to the mystic, Ohnedaruth, known as John Coltrane during the period from September 23, 1926 to July 17, 1967."


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states: "Musically, the works here move from the deep bluesy modal structures that Alice Coltrane so loved in John's repertoire... All of these works, with their deep Eastern tinges in the intervals juxtaposed against Western blues phrasing, are wondrously droning and emotional exercises".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings [3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Alice Coltrane.

Side A

  1. "Ohnedaruth" - 7:49
  2. "Gospel Trane" - 6:44
  3. "I Want to See You" - 6:42

Side B

  1. "Lovely Sky Boat" - 6:51
  2. "Oceanic Beloved" - 4:18
  3. "Atomic Peace" - 5:53

Bonus track on 1998 CD reissue

  1. "Lord, Help Me to Be" - 7:30
  2. "The Sun" - 4:01
  3. "Altruvista" - 6:55
  • Tracks A1 & CD bonus tracks 1 & 2 recorded at the Coltrane home studio, Dix Hills, New York on January 29, 1968 (bonus tracks 1 & 2 previously released on the Alice Coltrane/John Coltrane Cosmic Music);
  • tracks A2–B3 recorded at the Coltrane home studio, Dix Hills, New York on June 6, 1968;
  • track 9 recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 7, 1967 (previously unissued recording from the sessions that resulted in John Coltrane's Expression).
  • Track B3 is listed as "Atmic Peace" on the initial 1968 issue; the 1973 re-issue lists this track "Atomic Peace" on the label but retains the "Atmic Peace" spelling on the album cover. The CD issue titles this track as "Atomic Peace" on both the CD digipak and the CD itself.


On track A1

On tracks A2-B4


  1. ^ "Billboard". 7 December 1968.
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 30, 2011
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.

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