Like Ziggy Marley or Julian Lennon, Ravi Coltrane has to live with having a name and a parentage that packs quite a wallop, in this case not only being the son of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Alice Coltrane but also being named after family friend and sitar master Ravi Shankhar. No wonder it has taken Coltrane some years to begin performing under his own name and even daring to play some of his father’s stuff like everybody else, after cutting his teeth in his mother’s group and working with the likes of Elvin Jones, Geri Allen and Kenny Allen, co-founding the group Grand Central and having been in regular demand as a session player. Last year’s “In Flux” (Savoy Jazz) shows him at home on both tenor and soprano sax, like Dad, and showing such musical confidence in himself to even lay down classic Coltrane originals and arrangements but with his own take on them. (Dennis Polkow)
June 8 at the Jazz Showcase.