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Tune of the Week – “Blue Nile”

Mo’ better blues from the far side. Majestic, shimmering and otherworldy, “Blue Nile” is a piece of music to sooth your soul and fill your heart. From Alice Coltrane’s 1970 album “Ptah, the El Daoud”, it features Joe Henderson (rocking …

Thu, Jan 28, 2010, 10:52

   

Mo’ better blues from the far side.

Majestic, shimmering and otherworldy, “Blue Nile” is a piece of music to sooth your soul and fill your heart. From Alice Coltrane’s 1970 album “Ptah, the El Daoud”, it features Joe Henderson (rocking out on the left channel) and Phahoah Sanders (he’s on the right channel) striving for a higher and deeper state of consciousness, while Ron Carter’s rocksteady bass rumble keeps both in touch with ground control.

But it’s Coltrane’s swinging harp which truly directs this one home. It ducks and weaves and casts a bewitching, spiritual spell as Coltrane duets rather than duels with Henderson and Sanders. So high, so free: hear them soar on this video clip:

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