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“Like her other recordings from the Warner Bros. period, Transcendence, is a late album created from various musical notions Alice Coltrane was exploring, rather than conceived as a whole as her Impulse material was. These eight tracks are all based in Indian themes. As such, the instrumentation varies widely across the album, ranging from Ms. Coltrane playing her harp with a string quartet on the stunningly beautiful "Radhe-Shyam" and the title track, to her playing organ and/or Fender Rhodes piano with large groups of Indian musicians (some of whom sing), such as on "Sivaya" or "Ghana Nila." The upshot is that the vision on display here is not so much a grand musical one as it is an intensely focused spiritual one, based upon a sacred Vedic text. As such, it makes for a challenging but thoroughly engaging listen, wherein moods, modes, ambiences, and densities are offered as meditative spaces for the listener” – All Music Guide