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Ravi Coltrane

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Genres  Jazz, post bop
Years active  1991–present
Name  Ravi Coltrane

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Born  August 6, 1965 (age 57) (1965-08-06)
Origin  Long Island, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s)  Musician, composer, bandleader, record producer
Instruments  Tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet
Labels  Warner Bros., RCA, Sony, Savoy Jazz, Blue Note
Role  Saxophonist ·
Parents  Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane
Grandparents  John Robert Coltrane, Alice Blair Coltrane
Albums  Spirit Fiction, Mad 6, From the Round Box, In Flux, Blending Times

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Ravi Coltrane (born August 6, 1965 in Long Island, New York) is an American post-bop jazz saxophonist. Co-owner of the record label RKM Music, he has produced artists such as pianist Luis Perdomo, guitarist David Gilmore, and trumpeter Ralph Alessi.


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Ravi Coltrane is the son of saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz pianist Alice Coltrane. He is also a cousin of experimental music producer Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus. He was raised in Los Angeles, California, and was named after sitar player Ravi Shankar. Coltrane was not yet two years old in 1967 when his father died.

He is a 1983 graduate of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. In 1986, he studied music, focusing on the saxophone at the California Institute of the Arts. He has worked extensively with M-Base guru Steve Coleman, a significant influence on Coltrane's own musical conception. Coltrane has played with Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Branford Marsalis and others.

In 1997, after performing on over thirty recordings as a sideman, Coltrane recorded his first album as leader Moving Pictures, working with drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist Lonnie Plaxico and pianist Michael Cain. This led to extensive touring with his working band, featuring Andy Milne on piano, drummer Steve Hass, and bassist Lonnie Plaxico. Coltrane's second disc, From the Round Box (2000), was recorded with pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist James Genus, and drummer Eric Harland. Mad 6 (2002), Coltrane's first release for Sony music, featured drummer Steve Hass, pianist George Colligan, and bassist James Genus. In Flux (2005) included bassist Drew Gress, pianist Luis Perdomo, and drummer E.J. Strickland.

In January 2005, Coltrane performed in India for the first time as part of a delegation of American jazz musicians sent on a State Department tour to promote HIV/AIDS awareness. Also participating were vocalist Al Jarreau, guitarist Earl Klugh, and pianist George Duke. Performances included a January 16 concert in Mumbai (Bombay), a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in Delhi on January 17, and a music festival in Delhi on January 18 organized by violinist L. Subramaniam. Also on January 18, Coltrane performed at the Coltrane Shankar Centre, where Coltrane met with the man he was named after. Picking up a clarinet to engage in an unplanned jam session with a pair of shehnai players, Coltrane said, "I'm a little nervous with the master here."

The Coltrane Quartet played at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2001 and 2013, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival in 2004, and the Vienna Jazz Festival in 2005.

In 2008, Coltrane became part of the Blue Note 7, a septet formed that year in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The group recorded an album in 2008, entitled Mosaic, which was released in 2009 on Blue Note Records/EMI, and toured the United States in promotion of the album from January until April 2009. The group plays the music of Blue Note Records from various artists, with arrangements by members of the band and Renee Rosnes.

As leader

  • 1998: Moving Pictures (RCA Records)
  • 2000: From the Round Box (RCA Records)
  • 2002: Mad 6 (Sony Music)
  • 2005: In Flux (Savoy Jazz)
  • 2009: Blending Times (Savoy Jazz)
  • 2012: Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
  • In group collaboration

  • 1992: Sax Storm (Evidence Music), with Grand Central
  • 1993: The Chase (Evidence Music), with Grand Central
  • 1995: Tenor Enclave: A Tribute to Hank Mobley (Evidence Music), with Grand Central
  • 2008: Seraphic Light (Telarc), with Saxophone Summit
  • 2009: Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records (Blue Note Records/EMI), with The Blue Note 7
  • 2016: In Movement (ECM Records), with Jack DeJohnette and Matthew Garrison
  • As sideman

    With Elvin Jones

  • In Europe (Enja, 1991)
  • Going Home (Enja, 1992)
  • With David Murray

  • 1992: MX (Red Baron)
  • With Ryan Kisor

  • 1992: Minor Mutiny (Sony Music)
  • With Wallace Roney

  • 1993: Munchin' (Muse Records)
  • 1994: Misterios (Warner Bros. Records)
  • 1999: No Job Too Big Or Small (Savoy Jazz)
  • With Steve Coleman

  • 1994: Steve Coleman & Metrics, A tale of 3 cities, the EP (BMG)
  • 1995: Steve Coleman And Five Elements, Def Trance Beat (Modalities Of Rhythm) (BMG)
  • 1996: Steve Coleman & The Mystic Rhythm Society, The Sign And The Seal (BMG)
  • 1998: Steve Coleman And Five Elements, Genesis & the opening of the way (BMG)
  • 1999: Steve Coleman And Five Elements, The Sonic Language Of Myth (RCA Records))
  • 2004: Steve Coleman And Five Elements, Lucidarium (Label Bleu)
  • With Art Davis

  • 1996: A Time Remembered (Jazz Planet)
  • With Dave Douglas

  • Orange Afternoons (Greenleaf, 2011)
  • With Billy Childs

  • 1996: The Child Within (Shanachie Records)
  • With Bheki Mseleku

  • 1996: Beauty of the Sunrise (Polygram))
  • With Yosuke Yamashita

  • 1996: Canvas in Vigor (Universal Records)
  • 1997: Wind of the Age (Verve Records)
  • With Gerry Gibbs

  • 1996: The Thrasher (Warner Bros. Records)
  • With Cindy Blackman

  • 1998: In The Now (HighNote Records)
  • With Tisziji Muñoz

  • 2000: Parallel Reality (Anami Music)
  • 2003: Divine Radiance (Anami Music)
  • 2013: Divine Radiance Live! (Anami Music)
  • 2013: Paul Shaffer Presents: Tisziji Muñoz – Divine Radiance Live! DVD (Anami Music)
  • 2014: Let The Sound Go Forth! (Anami Music)
  • 2014: Healing Waters (Anami Music)
  • 2014: Sky Worlds (Anami Music)
  • With David Gilmore

  • 2001: Ritualism (The Orchard)
  • With Andrei Kondakov

  • 2002: Kind Of Optimistic (Boheme Music)
  • With Jeff "Tain" Watts

  • 2002: Bar Talk (Columbia Records)
  • With Scott Coley

  • 2002: Initial Wisdom (Palmetto)
  • With Alice Coltrane

  • 2004: Translinear Light (Verve Records)
  • With Luis Perdomo

  • 2005: Focus Point (RKM Music)
  • With Flying Lotus

  • 2010: Cosmogramma (Warp Records)
  • Compilations

  • 2003: Bird Up — The Charlie Parker Remix Project (Savoy Jazz)
  • 2005: Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked (Verve Records)
  • With Bob Thiele Collective

  • Lion Hearted (1993)
  • With Glenn Zaleski

  • My Ideal (2014)
  • With Terence Blanchard

  • Magnetic (2013)
  • With Jack DeJohnette

  • In Movement (ECM, 2016)
  • References

    Ravi Coltrane Wikipedia