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Ptah, the El Daoud is an album by African-American jazz pianist and harpist, Alice Coltrane.

Released in 1970, it would see Alice continuing in the "spiritual" vein of jazz her and her husband, John Coltrane, would follow in the mid to late '60s. As it would see her incorporate spiritual concepts into her compositions that were present in his work. It would also see her collaborating with Pharoah Sanders, having previously had him play with her on her first record A Monastic Trio.



Side A
  1. "Ptah, the El Daoud" (13:58)
  2. "Turiya and Ramakrishna" (8:19)

Side B

  1. "Blue Nile" (6:58)
  2. "Mantra" (16:33)

Tropes and Ramakrishna

  • Epic Rocking: Every single track goes over five minutes.
  • Gratuitous Panning: Sanders is recorded on the right channel and Joe Henderson on the left channel throughout the entire record.
  • Instrumentals
  • Jazz: This record would be of the spiritual and modal varieties.
  • Longest Song Goes Last: "Mantra" is the final track and the longest at sixteen minutes.
  • Meaningful Name: The album is named after the Egyptian god Ptah. A name which does more than hint at the spiritual and ethnic aspects of the record.
  • Title Track: "Ptah, the El Daoud''