Ravi Coltrane

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


6 August 1965, Huntington, New York, USA. The son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, a musical career might have appeared inevitable. However, despite studying soprano saxophone while in high school, he gave up music when his older brother was killed in a road accident. By this time Coltrane was living in California and it was not until he was 20 that he resumed playing. He played briefly in his mother’s band, then spent two years with Elvin Jones. After this, he worked with a succession of leaders, including Geri Allen and Kenny Barron. With Antoine Roney he formed the group, Grand Central, and he made records as sideman with drummers Cindy Blackman and Cecil Brooks III, and pianists Cyrus Chestnut and Yosuke Yamashita. In addition to soprano, Coltrane also plays tenor but has not really followed in his father’s footsteps, other than in the manner in which most post-John Coltrane tenor saxophonists owe some stylistic debt. Inevitably, Coltrane has had...

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