Spirit Fiction - Ravi Coltrane
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  • Summary: The first album on new label Blue Note for the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane features two different groups backing his compositions. One led by his long-time pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland and the other led by trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus, and drummer Eric Harland who worked on his second album, From the Round Box. Collapse
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  1. Nov 1, 2012
    92
    Once again, he masterfully conveys his understanding of the free jazz form, and yet never duplicates his father in the least. In fact, Spirit Fiction may just be his most forward-thinking album thus far.
  2. Jul 5, 2012
    80
    It genuinely sounds like a coming-of-age for Ravi Coltrane.
  3. Jul 5, 2012
    80
    Spirit Fiction is a confident next step for the saxophonist; its execution and ambition offer a glance at where he's been, but more importantly, a solid look at where he's going.
  4. Jul 5, 2012
    70
    Spirit Fiction is jazz the way it's supposed to be: cool, chaotic, and unassuming. It's good music for the sake of good music.
  5. Jul 30, 2012
    70
    Spirit Fiction proves that he is the real deal and a perfect fit for his new label. It is a more than pleasing ride that never quite soars into the stratosphere, laying a firm foundation of artistry while hinting towards even greater things to come.
  6. 70
    His most complete artistic statement, and one of his most self-possessed.
  7. The Blue Note debut can be as frustratingly tentative as his first outing for RCA 15 years ago.... Things do heat up, with drummer Eric Harland stoking the fires, but there's no big flame.