McCoy Tyner & Ravi Coltrane
Ravi has been on the scene for 20 years now, having recorded his first album as a leader in 1997 after serving as a sideman for the entire decade up to then. There were times when he was clearly searching for a sound. (Imagine the challenge, and derring-do, of being John Coltrane’s son and deciding to take up the tenor saxophone!) But those meanderings allowed him to return to his roots through a path that he plowed on his own; he sounds like a musician in “the Coltrane school,” but not at all an imitator, much less some kid cashing in on the name.
The quartet—which also includes Gerald Cannon on bass and Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums—plays two more sets tomorrow night, May 16, at 7:30 and 9:30.