Saturday, August 25, 2007

Tenor Madness

July 17th was the 40th anniversary of the death of saxophonist John Coltrane, one of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz. Three weeks later, on August 6, his son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, celebrated his 42nd birthday
Ravi Coltrane is a new acquisition in the Sax Summit ensemble, which will perform at the Red Sea Jazz Festival, which begins in Eilat on Monday. The ensemble, which plays mainly the music of John Coltrane and features three saxophonists up front, until recently included Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano and Michael Brecker - veteran jazz stars. After Brecker's death from leukemia this past January Liebman suggested to Ravi that he join the ensemble. "He played with us last summer, when Michael Brecker was hospitalized, and fit in beautifully. He is very musical, he has spiritual depth, he's much younger than me and Joe Lovano, and therefore can refresh the ensemble, and he's also connected to John, one can't ignore that," explains Liebman, in a phone interview. (more from Haretz)

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