Ravi Coltrane: Shine




Ravi Coltrane (tenor sax)


Blending Times (Savoy 17744)

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Ravi Coltrane (tenor sax), Luis Perdomo (piano), Drew Gress (bass), E.J. Strickland (drums).

Composed by Luis Perdomo


Recorded: Englewood, New Jersey, August 20-22, 2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

This track may remind you of the work of a famous quartet that recorded for the Impulse label a few decades ago. But—surprise!—I am not talking about the famous band led by Ravi Coltrane's father. Rather, I am referring to Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet" of the 1970s. "Shine" reminds me of those pastoral Jarrett pieces that never settle into a groove, but develop (often at great length) a flowing, rubato ensemble sound dancing around an ever shifting pulse. Here Ravi Coltrane allows the music to build in waves, cresting and falling in unpredictable patterns. He has found a way of playing muscular tenor in free time, which is no small feat. His phrases sound almost like a prayer or incantation. Strickland extracts splashes of color from his drums and Perdomo finds a way of comping with melodies instead of chords. This is a rare breed of jazz that manages to be both rhapsodic and austere.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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