Flux" marks yet another giant step in Coltrane's maturation
Album Title: In Flux
Producer(s): Ravi Coltrane
Label/Catalog Number: Savoy Jazz SVY 17444
Release Date: Feb. 22
Source: Billboard Magazine
Originally Reviewed: March 05, 2005During Ravi Coltrane's short-lived
stint on RCA/BMG, he came into his own as a saxophonist, composer
and bandleader after years of perfecting his craft and sound in
the shadow of his heavyweight-champion father. On "In Flux,"
his debut for Savoy Jazz, Coltrane continues to dig deeper, further
forging his personal voice in the jazz tradition. He doesn't blow
with bravado on soprano and tenor, but muses, romances, ponders,
pines and, on the spirited "Coincide," trills with dance-like
joy. Half the tunes are penned by Coltrane, highlighted by the
heartfelt "Dear Alice" and the poignant "For Zoë."
Other noteworthy tracks include four one-minute-plus reflective-to-free
vignettes (two of which are improvised collectively by Coltrane's
quartet) and a sprightly flight through Wayne Shorter's "United."
Recorded with authority, "In Flux" marks yet
another giant step in Coltrane's maturation.—DO