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Monday June 27, 2016

From NPR
By Patrick Jarenwattananon

NPR Music’s 30 Favorite Albums Of 2016 (So Far)

You could enjoy this record without knowing any of the tunes, or the players, or their history. You’d get spacious slow numbers that eventually reveal georgeous melodies. You’d get the energy turned up, sometimes with raw abstraction, other times with a dark funk groove. You’d get a drummer who doubles on piano, an electric bassist who doubles on atmospheric electronics, a tenor saxophonist who doubles on other saxes. Texturally and intellectually, it’d be a little bit elusive and mysterious, a lot of coloring outside the beat. But you can add meaning knowing that Ravi Coltrane (saxes) and Matthew Garrison (bass) are the sons of John Coltrane (saxes) and Jimmy Garrison (bass), and that drummer Jack DeJohnette has known them since they were kids because he played with John Coltrane and Jimmy Garrison. Some of these tunes salute DeJohnette’s heroes like Jimi Hendrix (“Two Jimmys”), Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire (“Serpentine Fire”), and bandmate Rashied Ali (“Rashied”); others were famously performed by John Coltrane (“Alabama,” “Blue In Green”). The roots run deep, and you can read whatever interpretive intentions you wish from that. Or you could just enjoy the music.

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