The second son of John and Alice Coltrane initially studied clarinet and was influenced by a wide spectrum of music. At home, he heard his parents’ recordings, classical music and his own leanings toward the pop music of the period. He enjoyed the Motown sound, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone.
It wasn’t until his late teen years that jazz became an important part of his development. He studied at the California Institute For The Arts and latched on to the saxophone. By the 90’s, he was performing with Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Joanne Brackeen and others. He recorded prolifically as a sideman, turning up on more than thirty sessions and then his own debut as leader in 1997.
In 2002, Coltrane launched his own record label and also acted as a producer for Verve handling the production of their deluxe package of A Love Supreme
and the boxed set Legacy
. In Flux
finds Ravi Coltrane in the company of pianist Luis Perdomo
, bassist Drew Gress
and drummer EJ Strickland
. With the exception of Wayne Shorter’s United
, all tunes were penned by Coltrane and members of the group. Bassist, Drew Gress wrote the beautiful Away
and it’s destined to become a jazz standard in this writer’s humble opinion. Special guest Luisito Quintero
appears on Blending Times
lending percussive interest to Coltrane’s composition.
Pianist Luis Perdomo
and EJ Strickland
are outstanding on Dear Alice
, Coltrane’s tribute to his mother. In Flux
is a fine performance and deserves your attention.