Sunday, December 21, 2008


Tenor jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has put the finishing touches on his long-awaited new recording "BLENDING TIMES" which is set for release on the Savoy Jazz label on January 13th. The follow up to the Grammy-nominated "In Flux" (a recording Ben Ratliff of the New York Times placed at #3 on his Top Ten Jazz Recordings of 2005), Ravi Coltrane again performs primarily with his stellar quartet consisting of Luis Perdomo on piano, Drew Gress on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums. He also invited special guests Charlie Haden and harpist Brandee Younger to perform for a poignant turn as a jazz trio. In addition, Ravi Coltrane will be a featured performer in the Blue Note 7 -- a touring septet which will embark on a 51 date tour of concert halls in 50 cities beginning in January to celebrate Blue Note's 70th Anniversary.

The second son of John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane has carefully crafted a career as a musician in his own right recording and performing with a charismatic musical voice and a distinctive presence. His journey as a jazz musician has been a thoughtful evolution filled with interesting, eclectic sideman work (McCoy Tyner, Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano, Steve Coleman, Joanne Brackeen to name a few) and a compelling turn as the leader of a consistently touring jazz quartet formed in 2003.

Ravi Coltrane's jazz quartet of excellent musicians is out in full force on "Blending Times". Their performances reflect a seamless, organic feel informed by the musical relationships of the members of the group. The tracks move between structured improvisational conversations, unique originals, a swing and pulse driven take on Thelonious Monk and moving musical statements.

"Blending Times" came to fruition during a period of personal transition. Coltrane's choice of title suggests a point of convergence for the past and present. His latest recording comes complete with music reflecting a myriad of emotions, played by a stellar group of musicians.

The complete track listing of "BLENDING TIMES" is as follows:
First Circuit
Still Life
One Wheeler Will
The Last Circuit
Before With After
For Turiya (feat. Charlie Haden & Brandee Younger)

Dates and cities for the Blue Note 70th Anniversary Tour are as follows:
1/7) Yakima, WA
1/8) Seattle, WA
1/10) Eugene, OR
1/11) Klamath Falls, OR
1/13) Davis, CA
1/14) Napa, CA
1/15) Berkeley, CA
1/16) Beaver Creek, CA
1/17) Boulder, CO
1/19) Santa Cruz, CA
1/21) Santa Barbara, CA
1/22) Los Angeles, CA
1/23-24) Costa Mesa, CA
1/27) San Diego, CA
1/28) Mesa, AZ
1/29) Wickenburg, AZ
1/30 Tucson, AZ
2/17) Boone, NC
2/18) Nashville, TN
2/20) Kansas City, MO
2/21) Omaha, NE
2/22) St. Louis, MO
2/24) Meridian, MS
2/26) Baton Rouge, LA
2/27) Lafayette, LA
2/28) Birmingham, AL
3/1) Germantown, TN
3/13) Detroit, MI
3/14) Lexington, KY
3/15) Louisville, KY
3/18) Norman, OK
3/19) Columbia, MO
3/20) Chicago, IL
3/21) Appleton, WI
3/23) Sheboygan, WI
3/25 Sioux Falls, SD
3/26) Lincoln, NE
3/27) Ames, IA
3/28) Milwaukee, WI
3/29) Minneapolis, MN
4/1) Worcester, MA
4/2) Hanover, NH
4/3) Philadelphia, PA
4/4) Pittsburgh, PA
4/5) Washington, DC
4/6) Princeton, NJ
4/8) University Park, PA
4/9) Schenectady, NY
4/14-19) New York, NY

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