Ravi Coltrane: In Flux (SLG)

 |   |  <1 min read

Ravi Coltrane Quartet: Leaving Avignon
Ravi Coltrane: In Flux (SLG)

Now in his early 40s this tenor and soprano saxophonist has taken his time to emerge, but then again there was a huge shadow cast over his life.

His father was jazz legend John and his mother the pianist/composer Alice.

Not that he seems to have suffered unduly by these possibly career-crushing associations (there is an interesting interview with the good humoured Ravi under Absolute Elsewhere, see tag), but he now makes the most confident album of his career.

In a quartet setting he essays post-bop and nudges towards the avant-garde, but also delivers classy ballads with a warm tone which at times recalls Paul Desmond (of Dave Brubeck's famous group).

So with one foot in the past and one assuredly in the present Ravi Coltrane is a jazz musician neither bound by convention nor weighed down by the expectations of the family name.

That is quite some achievement.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

JOHN SCOFIELD INTERVIEWED: Has guitar, will travel . . . and travel, and travel

JOHN SCOFIELD INTERVIEWED: Has guitar, will travel . . . and travel, and travel

Looking back now it is hard to recall how it all started and who we should blame – but suddenly in the mid-70s there they were, electric guitarists spitting out notes faster than shells from... > Read more

BRANFORD MARSALIS INTERVIEWED (2009): Putting the past to bed

BRANFORD MARSALIS INTERVIEWED (2009): Putting the past to bed

Branford Marsalis, who played in bands with Sting and helmed his own Buckshot LeFonque -- which had a stab at the hip-hop-to-bebop territory -- is these days dismissive of his brief skirmishes with... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

SEDUCED BY SOUND: Let your passion be your passport

SEDUCED BY SOUND: Let your passion be your passport

In his readable and funny Autobiography, Rod Stewart said when he was young his dad told him he needed three thing in life: a job, a sport and a hobby. Rod has singing, soccer and model... > Read more

The Dalles, Oregon:  The man who rode the wind

The Dalles, Oregon: The man who rode the wind

We had been at Chuck's bed and breakfast fewer than five minutes -- through the front door into the enormous lounge, into the kitchen and then out past the pool to the back gate -- when I asked him... > Read more