Ravi Coltrane’s destiny was written in the stars. Being that he is the son of the legendary tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz pianist Alice Coltrane. Ravi was born in Long Island, New York but grew up in Los Angeles, California. He was two years old in 1967 when his father John Coltrane died. Ravi didn't make it easy on himself, 21 years after the passing of his father Ravi Coltrane studied music at the California Institute of the Arts. Ravi concentrated on the soprano and tenor saxophone, the same instruments his father played.
Ravi Coltrane has pull from his father's sound and made it his own. He's a musician of his own time. “Spirit Fiction” is Ravi’s newest album which was released on July 19, 2012. It has the tune “Cross Roads” on it. A lot of musicians have recorded this tune. I like the way soprano sax is feature on it, gives it another sound. On the tune "Yellow Cat," the horns play straight through a two-minute piano solo, which is odd but sounds great. Other tunes from this album I like are "Roads Cross", "Klepto", "The Change, My Girl", "Who Wants Ice Cream", "Spring & Hudson" and "Check Out Time".
Ravi Coltrane may look just like his father. You can hear some of John Coltrane in Ravi Coltrane’s playing, but I think Ravi Coltrane has his own sound. He is a great musician who has lived up to his legendary parents. Tune in to Streetwise Radio and listen to some tunes off of Ravi Coltrane’s “Spirit Fiction” album. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on ITunes, Live365, Athena365 and MyGen365.