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Blending Times

Ravi Coltrane

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2009’s Blending Times includes five compositions and five tracks listed as “improvisations conceived and directed by Ravi Coltrane.” The tenor saxophonist leads a top-notch band — pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E. J. Strickland — that brings a high level of musicianship to all of the material, but the composed tracks have a sharp focus that makes them stand out. The album opens with Perdomo’s “Shine,” a piece that evokes Keith Jarrett and finds the rhythm section shading the piano and sax in highly artful ways. “A Still Life,” a Ravi original, brings to mind the work of the saxophonist’s late father, John, but also displays the son’s touch. The group swings sweetly on Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke’s “Epistrophy,” and is excellent on “One Wheeler Will,” a piece by the Brooklyn-based trumpeter Ralph Alessi. Blending Times features a different lineup for its closer, Charlie Haden’s “For Turiya.” Here, Coltrane is joined by Haden on bass and Brandee Younger on harp. The trio creates a delicate wonder on this spare and quiet tribute to the late keyboardist and harpist Alice Coltrane, Ravi’s mother.

Customer Reviews

WHAT A GEM!

Play it loud! Wait till ya hear this!....Ravi is the man! If I could I'd like to recommend "FOR TURIYA" a wonderful track featuring Ravi with Charlie Haden.

Excellent Album

But why is this 10.89??? just because its new???

Ravi-blending times

Best new music I've heard in along time

Biography

Born: August 6, 1965 in Huntington, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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...
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