Illuminations (Alice Coltrane and Carlos Santana album)

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Studio album by Carlos Santana and Alice Coltrane
Released September 1974
Genre Free jazz
Length 35:40
Label Columbia
Producer Turiya Alice Coltrane, Devadip Carlos Santana, Tom Coster
Carlos Santana chronology
Santana's Greatest Hits (1974) Illuminations
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C−[2]

Illuminations is a 1974 collaboration between Alice Coltrane and Carlos Santana. Jazz musicians Jules Broussard, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland also contributed to the record, on saxophone, flute, drums and bass. Alice Coltrane delivers some harp glissando, while the string orchestra adds a serene mood to the music. Carlos Santana (whose Indian name "Devadip" appears on the sleeve) plays electric guitar in his own fashion, utilizing feedback, long notes and simple melodies, letting much space to the other instruments. The album is conceived as an instrumental jazz album, with lengthy solos on guitar, saxophone and keyboards. The introduction to "Angel of Air", with its violins, has been sampled by the Cinematic Orchestra. It is his first of three solo albums (the others being Oneness and The Swing of Delight) to be released under his temporary Sanskrit name Devadip Carlos Santana, given to him by Sri Chinmoy.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Guru Sri Chinmoy Aphorism" (Guru Sri Chinmoy) - 1:11
  2. "Angel of Air / Angel of Water" (Coster, Santana) - 9:55
  3. "Bliss: the Eternal Now" (A. Coltrane) - 5:33

Side two[edit]

  1. "Angel of Sunlight" (Coster, Santana) - 14:43
  2. "Illuminations" (Coster, Santana) - 4:18



  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Illuminations at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: Album: Devadip Carlos Santana/Turiya Alice Coltrane: Illuminations". Retrieved 4 September 2011.