Ptah, the El Daoud

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Ptah, the El Daoud
Ptah, the El Daoud (Alice Coltrane).jpg
Studio album by Alice Coltrane
Released 1970
Recorded 26 January 1970
Genre Jazz
Length 46:03
Label Impulse! Records
Producer Ed Michel
Alice Coltrane chronology
Huntington Ashram Monastery
Ptah, the El Daoud
Journey in Satchidananda
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Ptah, the El Daoud [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 Coltrane. The title track is named for the Egyptian god Ptah, "the El Daoud" meaning "the beloved". "Turiya", according to the liner notes, "was defined by Alice as 'a state of consciousness — the high state of Nirvana, the goal of human life", while "Ramakrishna" was a 19th-century Bengali religious figure; this track omits the horns. The origin of the title of "Blue Nile" is self-explanatory and, in it, Coltrane switches from piano to harp, and Sanders and Henderson from tenor saxophones to alto flutes. "Mantra" returns to piano and saxes. Album 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 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.