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Music for...
a Coltrane state of mind
by Godriguez

Godriguez – the guitarist and frontman of Sydney’s own psychedelic jazz explorers GODTET –  compiled the playlist 'Music for... a Coltrane state of mind' following the band's cosmic reimagining ofJohn Coltrane's 'Giant Steps' on the Digital Stage and before the band's performance at Vivid LIVE alongside Tangents.

John Coltrane included the following words in the liner notes to 'A Love Supreme': “Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank you God. Amen.” Whatever God means to you: here is a collection of music seeking that which is beyond this mortal coil.

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▷ Havoun havoun - Grigor Pahlavouni - Artsvik Demourchian - 10th Century AD

“Armenian sacred music recorded in a prince’s tomb that was built 3rd Century AD. Note the reverb in the recording of the notes reverberating on the walls of the tomb. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity and this music is the origins of Christian European religious music as we know it.”

▷ Didn’t it Rain - Traditional - Norfolk Jazz and Jubilee Quartet - 1929

“The foundations of modern American Gospel.”

▷ A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm - John Coltrane - 1965

“John Coltrane included the following words in the liner notes to 'A Love Supreme': “Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank you God. Amen"."

▷ Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) - Jimi Hendrix - 1968

“I believed in myself more than anything. And, I suppose in a way, that's also believing in God. If there is a God and He made you, then if you believe in yourself, you're also believing in Him. So I think everybody should believe in himself. That doesn't mean you've got to believe in heaven and hell and all that stuff. But it does mean that what you are and what you do is your religion. I can't express myself in easy conversation—the words just don't come out right. But when I get up on stage—well, that's my whole life. That's my religion. My music is electric church music, if by 'church' you mean 'religion', I am electric religion.”

- Jimi Hendrix

▷ Al Verte Las Flores lloran - Camaron De La Isla and Paco de Lucia - 1969

“The greatest ever flamenco singer and guitarist at the peak of their powers.” 

“At the very sight of you the flowers weep when you enter the garden for they know they will never be as beautiful as you.”

▷ Wholy Holy- Live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church - Aretha Franklin - 1972

“Following immense immediate success at the beginning of her career, Aretha Franklin recorded an album performing the gospel music of her childhood, at the church where she grew up, where her father was the Reverend, in order to ‘return to her roots’. The intensity of the performance is audible and specifically visible in the footage as she cried. Brief research will yield the horrific acts she suffered and survived at a young age. Who knows what Aretha was exactly feeling or crying about. Whatever it is, it's indisputably deeply spiritual - the catharsis confronting.”

▷ Cheikh Anta Diop - Doudou N’diaye Rose - 1992

“Doudou N’diaye Rose was the recognised modern master of Senegalese drumming. Arguably the oldest musical tradition in existence.”

▷ Maria Belen - Yoruba Andabo - 1996

“The most important Cuban rumba group ever - living a culture and music that originated from African Yoruba religion and culture.”

▷ Te Deum - Arvo Part - Tonu Kaljuste - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - 1993

“Arvo Part is an Estonian composer who has lived a deeply religious life despite that meaning he was censured for long periods due to the Soviet regime..”

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