Friday, June 01, 2012


Saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane is set to release Spirit Fiction, his debut recording for Blue Note Records, on June 19. 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.

Coltrane’s label mate and fellow saxophonist Joe Lovano served as co-producer of the album along with Coltrane. “I’ve always produced my own recordings except for the first one, Moving Pictures, which was produced by Steve Coleman,” says Coltrane. “Joe was a truly supportive producer on this project. He has been an important figure in my life for over 20 years." Lovano also plays alongside Coltrane and Allen in an intimate reading of Paul Motian’s “Fantasm” and joins the quintet for an explosive version of Ornette Coleman’s “Check Out Time,” from Coleman’s 1968 Blue Note album Love Call. Spirit Fiction also includes six original compositions by Coltrane and three by Alessi.

Spirit Fiction- Available 6/19/12

1. Roads Cross (Ravi Coltrane)
2. Klepto (Ralph Alessi)
3. Spirit Fiction (Coltrane)
4. the change, my girl (Coltrane)
5. Who Wants Ice Cream (Alessi)
6. Spring & Hudson (Coltrane)
7. Cross Roads (Coltrane)
8. Yellow Cat (Alessi)
9. Check Out Time (Ornette Coleman)
10. Fantasm (Paul Motian)

May 29-June 2 - Birdland - New York, NY
June 22-23 - Bohemian Caverns - Washington, DC
June 29 - Fort of Wolfisheim - Wolfiseim, France
June 30 - Festival Jazz de La Defense - Paris, France **with McCoy Tyner
July 2 - Jazz a Vienne - Vienne, France **with McCoy Tyner
July 4 - Centro Cultural de Belem - Lisbon, Portugal **with McCoy Tyner
July 6 - North Sea Jazz Festival - Rotterdam, Holland **with McCoy Tyner
July 7 - Comblain Jazz Festival - Comblain-la-Tour, Belguim **with McCoy
July 21 - Black Sea Jazz Festival - Batumi/Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
July 25-26 - New Mexico Jazz Festival - Albuquerque, NM
July 27-28 - Dazzle - Denver, CO
July 31-August 1 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
August 2-5 - Catalina Jazz Club - Los Angeles, CA
August 6-7 - Yoshi's - Oakland CA
August 11 - Richmond Jazz Festival - Richmond, VA
September 27-30 - Jazz Showcase - Chicago, IL
October 2-7 - Village Vanguard - New York, NY
~ Blue Note Records

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