RAVI COLTRANE

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of John and Alice Coltrane. John Coltrane passed away when Ravi was two. While he had a musical upbringing by his mother and began playing fairly early, he did not commence a jazz vocation until he was in his early twenties. Coltrane was able to hone his chops playing with Elvin Jones' group before meeting Steve Coleman and Graham Haynes. Coltrane became a member of the M-Base consortium of artists and signed to RCA in 1997 (which lists Coleman on its roster as well). Coleman produced and guested on Ravi's first recording, Moving Pictures (1998), as did trumpeter Ralph Alessi. The critical comparisons were inevitable, but Coltrane seemed to see this coming before he ever recorded a note. Coltrane's tone on tenor (he plays some soprano, too) is more reminiscent of Joe Henderson's -- though his father's sound is slightly evident -- and in read more...
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RAVI COLTRANE Moving Pictures album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moving Pictures
Post Bop 1998
RAVI COLTRANE From the Round Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From the Round Box
Post Bop 2000
RAVI COLTRANE Mad 6 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Mad 6
Post Bop 2003
RAVI COLTRANE In Flux album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Flux
Post Bop 2005
RAVI COLTRANE Blending Times album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Blending Times
Post Bop 2009
RAVI COLTRANE Spirit Fiction album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Spirit Fiction
Post Bop 2012

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RAVI COLTRANE Live At Joe's Pub (featuring Alice Coltrane) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Joe's Pub (featuring Alice Coltrane)
Post Bop 2002

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RAVI COLTRANE Spirit Fiction

Album · 2012 · Post Bop
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Sean Trane
I must admit that I’ve lost track of Trane’s son’s musical footsteps for a while now, but I fell upon his (for now) latest release at the library, and I took it home for a spin or two. The least we can say is that Trane and Alice’s son is totally submerged by his father’s musical legacy, but then again choosing to be a jazz saxman didn’t leave him much room. Don’t make me say what I didn’t say, because I can’t judge too much since I haven’t heard much recent of him, but with Lovano backing him up, close comparisons are inevitable, especially if one hears the Tyner-esque piano note-tickling from both Perdomo and Allen.

The early part of the album is somewhat off to a dissonant start with the opening Road Cross, but it calms down quickly with the introspective Klepto and later on the reflective The Change. A bit later on, the album picks up pace with the Hudson piece. To reduce this album as a Trane homage or study would be selling short Ravi and Joe’s talents, not the least aspect being the compositions, as over half of them are penned collectively; this of course not counting the Coleman and Motian covers that are more or less closing the album, the former being the more exciting piece of the album.

Definitely closer to a standard late 60’s jazz album though a touch of 80’s feel can also be detected) than a Nu-jazz thingie, Ravi’s Spirit Fiction is too Trane-ish not to be set in your shelves right next to his father’s works. Does that make it indispensable, though?

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