Journey in Satchidananda

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Journey in Satchidananda
Journey in Satchidananda (Alice Coltrane).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1971[1]
RecordedJuly 4 & November 8, 1970
GenreAvant-garde jazz
ProducerAlice Coltrane, Ed Michel
Alice Coltrane chronology
Ptah, the El Daoud
Journey in Satchidananda
Universal Consciousness

Journey in Satchidananda is the fourth solo album by Alice Coltrane. Its title (and title track) reflects Coltrane's inspiration by Swami Satchidananda whom Coltrane had become close to while being his disciple.[2]

"Shiva-Loka", or "realm of Shiva", refers to the realm of the third member of the Hindu trinity, the "dissolver of creation". "Stopover Bombay" refers to a five-week stay in India and Sri Lanka on which Coltrane was due to go in December 1970. "Something About John Coltrane" is based on themes by her late husband, John Coltrane. "Isis and Osiris", on which Charlie Haden replaces Cecil McBee on bass, and Vishnu Wood plays oud, indicates Coltrane's interest in Middle Eastern and North African music and culture. The presence of the tamboura, played by Tulsi, reflects Coltrane's interest in Indian classical music and religion.


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states, "this is a remarkable album, and necessary for anyone interested in the development of modal and experimental jazz. It's also remarkably accessible".[3] The album was ranked number 446 in the 2020 edition of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings [6]

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "Journey in Satchidananda" – 6:39
  2. "Shiva-Loka" – 6:37
  3. "Stopover Bombay" – 2:54

Side B

  1. "Something About John Coltrane" – 9:44
  2. "Isis and Osiris" – 11:49

All compositions by Alice Coltrane.
Tracks A1–B1 recorded at the Coltrane home studio, Dix Hills, New York, on November 8, 1970; track B2 recorded live at The Village Gate, New York City, on July 4, 1970.


tracks A1 to B1

track B2


  1. ^ "Billboard". 20 February 1971.
  2. ^ Livingstone, Josephine (3 February 2019). "Alice Coltrane | Journey in Satchidananda". Pitchforlk. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 30, 2011
  4. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 2020-09-22. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  5. ^ Livingstone, Josephine (3 February 2019). "Alice Coltrane: Journey in Satchidananda". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  6. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.