Ptah, the El Daoud
|Ptah, the El Daoud|
|Studio album by |
|Recorded||26 January 1970|
|Alice Coltrane chronology|
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. 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.
- "Ptah, the El Daoud" – 13:58
- "Turiya and Ramakrishna" – 8:19
- "Blue Nile" – 6:58
- "Mantra" – 16:33
- Alice Coltrane — harp (on track 3), piano
- Pharoah Sanders — tenor sax (on tracks 1 & 4, right channel), alto flute (on track 3), bells
- Joe Henderson — tenor sax (on tracks 1 & 4, left channel), alto flute (on track 3)
- Ron Carter — bass
- Ben Riley — drums
- Ptah, the El Daoud — Impulse! page
- Proefrock, Stacia (2011). "Ptah the El Daoud - Alice Coltrane | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 July 2011.