I've been on a bit of an Alice Coltrane kick lately. I didn't follow her work too much until the past couple of years, for a couple of reasons. First, I think my tastes have mellowed out a bit, to where Eastern-inflected modal plateaus are often just the right thing to chill out to. As my friend Stefan put it, in response to a recording of Pharoah Sanders, "this is one for the shirt-raising Spiritual crowd." Anyway, I've particularly been attracted to Alice's records with strings - her string writing is pretty dense and adds a touch of tweaked madness to the free-time modal stuff she recorded with Ben Riley, Charlie Haden, Rashied Ali, Frank Lowe, Majid Shibazz, et al.
Here, however, is a clip I found of the then-Alice McLeod performing in Paris at the Blue Note Cafe with Kenny Clarke (drums), Lucky Thompson (tenor sax), Jimmy Gourley (guitar) and Pierre Michelot (bass). I believe the date on this is 1961, when Lucky, Clarke, Gourley and Michelot were in residence with a number of pianists. Who knows, maybe someday a complete recording will surface... Enjoy!