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ROVA: John Coltrane’s Ascension

For this live recording date the Rova Saxophone Quartet is billed simply as Rova, due to the addition of a two-bass rhythm section with piano and drums, plus the addition of Glenn Spearman’s tenor and the trumpets of Dave Douglas and Raphe Malik, befitting this 30th anniversary celebration of one of Trane’s long misunderstood works. Literally Ascension was designed as energetic expression without safety net-vibrating on multiple thematic motifs of spiritual yearning.

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