took his expanded ensemble into a studio to record Ascension (Impulse!, 1965), and many believe the jazz world has yet to come to grips with its significance and meaning. It has only been eleven years since the power trio Harriet Tubman, expanded into the Harriet Tubman Double Trio, rendered its interpretation of Ascension.
Formed in 1998, the Harriet Tubman trio picks up where the short-lived supergroup Power Tools (Bill Frisell
, Yohimbe Brothers) and DJ Singe. Recorded live in 2000, Harriet Tubman's Ascension, updating the original with turntables, sampling, and electric guitar, shares only the collective improvisation aspect with Coltrane's original. The ten tracks serve a common purpose: to churn and burn a funk-heavy groove. The three "Ascension" tracks are painted by turntable slurring effects and the trio's heavy onslaught. With Miles in attendance, the band touches more on Miles Davis than Coltrane, especially the late trumpet icon's love for Jimi Hendrix