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Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Weekend 1

One way to define a music festival: the sum of its memorable moments. There were plenty of those moments to savor during the first four days of the 40th annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which kicked off in late June on 20 stages in the city’s downtown Quartier des Spectacles.   Which highlights … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Weekend 1”

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Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (ECM)

The musical bond between trumpeter Ralph Alessi and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is arguably developing into a rapport on par with the highest echelon of trumpet/tenor combinations. Not merely a strong frontline, they’re a unit that creates something greater than the sum of its parts. That power can be heard in “Iram Issela.” After Coltrane’s solo … Read More “Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (ECM)”

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Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison: In Movement (ECM)

Talk about having the weight of history on your back: For the first time on disc, the sons of one half of jazz’s all-time greatest quartet are teaming up with a master drummer who collaborated with both of their fathers. To everyone’s credit, they tackle the legacy issue head-on, opening with a spacious version of … Read More “Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison: In Movement (ECM)”

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Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

Depending on how you think about it, Ravi Coltrane was either blessed with inspiration or burdened by expectations when he was named after three such imposing musicians: his parents John and Alice Coltrane and Ravi Shankar. The son handled it much better than most children of celebrities: The younger Coltrane has managed to slowly but … Read More “Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction”

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