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

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0080ATS82
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Spirit Fiction is the much anticipated Blue Note Records debut of saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane. Co-produced by label mate and fellow saxophonist Joe Lovano, the 11-track album features two different band lineups, each with a unique expressive urgency. Several tracks feature Coltrane’s long-term quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. Coltrane also enlisted a quintet featuring trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus and drummer Eric Harland — the personnel featured on his sophomore release From the Round Box.

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Yes, Ravi Coltrane is related to those Coltranes. His mother was Alice, the legendary jazz pianist whose sweeping melodies injected ambient blots into the overtly abstract genre. His father, John, the iconic saxophonist whose 1965 album A Love Supreme is a widely heralded classic of any ilk.

So it isn’t surprising that Ravi, the Coltranes’ second son, would dabble in the family business. Over the years, the New York saxophonist has amassed a solid reputation outside of his last name: his wistful style of jazz carries a traditional flair, as if Ravi recorded it in a smoky, inconspicuous nightclub.

With such a strong lineage, he must feel great pressure to create like his parents. Yet Ravi sounds natural here, even if his fluid horn play recalls his father’s approach.

Such nostalgia is the basis of Spirit Fiction, an instrumental album on which Ravi maintains a moderate pace with mid-tempo drum work and restive bass lines. He keeps the mood fairly romantic: The Change, My Girl is a spacious wash of methodical piano keys and sullen horns set atop wafting drum fills.

On Fantasm, Ravi’s solo work ascends to the fore as ivories recede to the backdrop. Klepto is more up-tempo than much that surrounds it, beginning in a controlled frenzy until it crescendos with persistent cymbal crashes amid vivacious wind. Then there’s the swanky waltz of Who Wants Ice Cream, which eagerly builds upon itself until it nearly jumps the rails.

A question lingers: is there a widespread palate for such contemporary rhythms as these? But it’s possible that Ravi ignores such aspirations. At its core, Spirit Fiction is jazz the way it’s supposed to be: cool, chaotic, and unassuming. It’s good music for the sake of good music; a respectable ode to the genre his parents helped mould. Mum and dad would approve.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne VINE VOICE on 3 Aug 2012
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Laying aside all the issues of being the son of a jazz legend, and all the pressure that that must bring, this is still a very patchy album. Part of this may stem from being recorded with two different bands in two locations, but it's also noticeable that the tracks that Coltrane wrote are much stronger than the ones included written by trumpeter Ralph Allessi, and this is emphasised by also including Ornette Colman's "Check out time" which is very strong.Coltrane's playing is distinctive and at times mellow, and he's joined on the Coleman track, and Paul Motiens " Fantasm" by Joe Lovano. My two favourite tracks the title track "Spirit Fiction" and also "Cross Roads" which is almost a soundscape. I don't regret the purchase, but I hope that by the time of the next album (which there surely will be?) that Coltrane will be inclined to rely even more on his own material, and possibly record it in just one location.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stijn Van Lierde on 10 Jun 2013
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If you really like jazz in a relatively small band composition, this is the record to buy. Very positively surprised.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Very strong album 7 July 2012
By mark in ann arbor - Published on
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4 stars only because if his father's album "A Love Supreme" gets 5, then this one can only get 4. Nevertheless, a very, very stong effort from an extremely talented musician who's done an excellent job of stepping out of John Coltrane's gargantuan shadow to create his own individualistic sound. The supporting cast are all top-notch musicians, and if the producer's job is to create an atmosphere that enables the artist to be totally free to create, then Joe Lovano has done his job well. I don't know how often Joe has produced records for others, but if "Spirit Fiction" is any indication, he just might have found himself another role in the music business. Overall, a great new album, and encouraging to know that the tradition is still alive (and expanding) in 2012. Highly recommended.
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Great young player / great cd 17 Aug 2012
By Big Woody - Published on
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CD features saxaphone player Ravi Coltrane but is made what it is by combination of him with top notch musicians, both new + older. This guy is not resting on his famous last name. Geri Allen on piano + Erich Harland on drums are top notch as always. The trumpet playing is great as well. This cd is a great addition for anyone who loves all kinds of music + is fresh in it's sound. Probably the best buy I've made in years. 3 thumbs up to Ravi Coltrane.
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Very cool! 1 July 2012
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This has an intriguing, mysterious quality that reminds me of the Live In Europe 1967 set from the second Miles Davis Quintet - high praise!
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Ravi Coltrane isn't his father's son for nothing 4 Feb 2013
By Jim - Published on
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Very enjoyable hearing from Ravi. Having spent hours since the 60's listening to John Coltrane, his dad, i was extremely impressed. A must for any Coltrane aficionado.
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A Textured Masterpiece 10 Jan 2013
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I own several Ravi Coltrane albums and saw him in performance four years ago. Spirit Fiction demonstrates that the promise that he has shown has now been fulfilled. The songs on Spirit Fiction allow for much space among the musicians, with each musician allowed to fill that space without intruding on each other. Unlike many albums, the communication among the musicians comes through. A pleasure to listen to.
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