Swamini Turiyasangitananda: 1937 - 2007
Although I'm truly shocked and saddened by her unexpected passing, I can take comfort in the fact that, unlike other spouses/children of famous artists whose own work will always be compared/overshadowed by their more notable kin, many were aware of and touched by her beautiful and serene music. "Blues Minor," a duet with the equally brilliant Marian McPartland, is a far more intricate and exquisite affair than its deceptively simple title would lead you to believe. "Opus 27," another duet, is much more subdued and somber, endlessly evocative without the uttering of a single word. Rest assured, both works will serve as my soundtrack for the next few days as I remember this fallen jazz legend.
Alice Coltrane with Marian McPartland - Blues Minor
Alice Coltrane with Marian McPartland - Opus 27
Much thanks to Siddhartha and fellow bloggers for bringing this news to the attention of myself and others who may not have otherwise found out. I'm glad to know others in our community were lucky enough to be see her perform or just enjoy her presence, even if it was for a fleeting moment.