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Monday May 16, 2016

From The Buffalo News
By Jeff Simon

Listening Post: Jack DeJohnette and the offspring of the classic Coltrane Quartet

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, “Movement” (ECM). This would have been one of the great jazz records of 2016 even if you couldn’t confirm that judgement by actually listening to it. Why? Because this is a disc with an irresistible and majestic pedigree. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the superb son of John Coltrane. Bassist Matthew Garrison is the son of Jimmy Garrison, John Coltrane’s magnificent bassist in his classic quartet. Bringing them together here is, arguably, the greatest living jazz drummer (and, as well, one of the greatest living jazz virtuosos on ANY instrument.) Anyone thinking that the sons of giants would be timid around their fathers’ great music needs to be disabused of that notion quickly. The disc goes right to a Coltrane Quartet classic of greatest significance – the lacerating and eternally moving “Alabama.” Nor is that all. “Blue in Green” is here too making something altogether different out of the classic piece from “Kind of Blue,” the greatest record by the Miles Davis Sextet with Cannonball Adderly of which Coltrane was such a crucial part. A new composition on the terrific disc is by DeJohnette and Coltrane and is called “Rashied.” It’s devoted to John Coltrane’s magnificent final drummer Rashied Ali. To actually hear this disc of such golden pedigree reveals it to be great by any possible assay – a living giant on jazz drums with the spectacularly gifted offspring of two other jazz giansts. Terrific in every way. Four stars out of four stars.