About Ravi Coltrane Quartet
To say Ravi Coltrane was born into auspicious circumstances is a bit of an understatement. The son of saxophone legend John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, he was named after sitar master Ravi Shankar. Yet, Ravi has followed his own path in music since 1991, and while working within his father’s long shadow (as all saxophonists do), he has established himself as a major player with a unique personal sound.
Ravi Coltrane, saxophones
David Virelles, piano
Dezron Douglas, bass
Johnathan Blake, drums
Born in New York in 1965, Ravi soon moved to Los Angeles, where he started playing the clarinet and moved to the saxophone in high school. He continued his studies at the California Institute of the Arts. Elvin Jones, John Coltrane’s drummer in his legendary Quartet, heard the younger Coltrane and hired him for Jones’ own band. This put Ravi in the company of a veritable Who’s Who of American Jazz and Pop, including: McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Michael Brecker, George Duke, and many others. Ravi has appeared on over 30 recordings as a sideman.
Ravi Coltrane released his debut recording as a leader, Moving Pictures, in 1997. His latest recording, Spirit Fiction, was released in 2013.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Mr. Coltrane avoids tired song structures and doesn’t want to bore you. He’s fascinated on one hand by miniatures and on the other by the idea of longer songs that sound like collective improvisation from start to finish. It’s a record that you can point to and say: This is what jazz sounds like now.” -Ben Ratliff, New York Times
“…an assertive and exciting ensemble tackling several post bop themes… what is most surprising and most enjoyable about In Flux are the numerous moments where the group’s motions are so tight, so responsive, that highlighting a soloist seems a less enjoyable duty than the overall integration of melodies and harmonies.” -All About Jazz
“…an exciting example of contemporary jazz looking forward while staying tied to the past.“ -About.com