Ptah, the El Daoud

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Ptah, the El Daoud
Ptah, the El Daoud (Alice Coltrane).jpg
Studio album by
Alice Coltrane
Recorded26 January 1970
LabelImpulse! Records
ProducerEd Michel
Alice Coltrane chronology
Huntington Ashram Monastery
Ptah, the El Daoud
Journey in Satchidananda
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Ptah, the El Daoud recorded and released in 1970 is the third solo album by Alice Coltrane.

This was Coltrane's first album with horns (aside from one track on A Monastic Trio (1968), on which Pharoah Sanders played bass clarinet). Sanders is recorded on the right channel and Joe Henderson on the left channel throughout.

All the compositions were written by Alice Coltrane. The title track is named for an Egyptian god, Ptah, "the El Daoud" meaning "the beloved". "Turiya", according to the liner notes, "was defined by Coltrane as "a state of consciousness — the high state of Nirvana, the goal of human life", while "Ramakrishna" was a 19th-century Bengali religious figure and also denotes a movement founded by his disciples.[2] On "Blue Nile", Coltrane switches from piano to harp, and Sanders and Henderson from tenor saxophones to alto flutes.

The album's cover design was by Jim Evans.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ptah, the El Daoud" – 13:58
  2. "Turiya and Ramakrishna" – 8:19
  3. "Blue Nile" – 6:58
  4. "Mantra" – 16:33

All tracks composed by Alice Coltrane, and recorded at the Coltrane home studio in Dix Hills, New York on 26 January 1970.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Proefrock, Stacia (2011). "Ptah the El Daoud - Alice Coltrane | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
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