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Ravi Coltrane


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Long Island, New York (1991 – present)

Born on Long Island, New York in 1965, Ravi is the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. His father (who recorded the landmark Blue Train for Blue Note Records in 1957) died when Ravi was only two. Alice, a renowned composer and pianist, raised Ravi on the West Coast and proved a strong role model in her own right. Ravi had the honor of producing and playing on Alice Coltrane’s Translinear Light, released three years prior to her death in 2007.

A move back east to New York and pivotal stints with Elvin Jones, Wallace Roney, and Steve Coleman led Ravi to begin asserting himself as a leader in the mid 1990′s. Ravi first appeared as a sideman on Elvin Jones’ album In Europe in 1991. He followed his debut album, Moving Pictures (1998), and sophomore album, From The Round Box (2000), with Mad 6 (2002), In Flux (2005), and Blending Times (2009). He also continued appearing as a sideman with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Flying Lotus (a.k.a. Steven Ellison, Ravi’s cousin), and as a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Lovano and Dave Liebman…

Praised for his music’s “elusive beauty”, and for his “style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it”, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane takes a bold step in his creative journey with Spirit Fiction, his Blue Note Records debut.


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