Ravi Coltrane Biography

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 to work hard to avoid being typecast and during the late 90s and early 00s as he made his own-name recording debut, he was showing clear signs of having overcome the burden of bearing a great jazz name and had begun to find his own place in the music.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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