Alice Coltrane : Angel

Alice Coltrane : Angel

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Alice McLeod studied classical music, and also jazz with Bud Powell in Paris, France, where she worked as the intermission pianist at the Blue Note Club in 1960. It was there that she was broadcast on French television in a performance with Lucky Thompson, Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke. She began playing jazz as a professional in Detroit, with her own trio and as a duo with vibist Terry Pollard. She married Kenny Hagood in 1960 and had a daughter by that union. From 1962-63 she played with Terry Gibbs’s quartet, during which time she met John Coltrane. In 1965 they were married in Juárez, Mexico


The Ruh
Holiness is bright
bending backward just to reach a thousand grains
begging for forgiveness
keeping honor as the gain

Holiness is tendar
weaving tear drops like a frame
with the heart inside engendered
as the power we acclaim

Sweet fruit sighs by high tides
rolls like undercurrents finding jewels
beneath the ocean floor…

I see the shadows where I evoke angels
and I see the speakig flesh holler for a holy gift
a substantive convocation
a high mass
a grand communion
a midnight travel
The Ruh.

Aileen Muhammad copyright 2013

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