Ravi Coltrane: From the Round Box
Alessi’s tunes, "Social Drones" and "Irony," are especially well constructed. Coltrane’s compositions are "The Chartreuse Mean," with miraculous comping from Allen; "Word Order," a mellow soprano feature with a slick riff built into the form; and "Between Lines," the brief, abstract closer. Wayne Shorter’s "Blues à la Carte" receives a rhythmic makeover not unlike the one Mark Shim, on his Turbulent Flow, gave Joe Henderson’s "Recordame." The Shorter tune and Ornette Coleman’s "The Blessing" are the most burning tracks on the record; Allen raises the roof during her solos. Two ballads, Thelonius Monk’s "Monk’s Mood" and James Carney’s "Consequence," feature sensitive, focused tenor work by Coltrane.
A highly promising player and composer, Ravi Coltrane is poised to go far, for reasons having nothing to do with his last name.
Record Label: RCA Victor