Thursday, October 26, 2006

Veteran composer and instrumentalist Alice Coltrane has been in the news quite a bit lately, here are some interesting articles with excerpts:

New York Times: Ms. Coltrane has performed a few times in recent years with her son, the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, in New York: once at Town Hall in 1998, and again at Joe's Pub in 2002. (Both times, she was on his bandstand, and just for a few songs.) In 2004 Ms. Coltrane made her first jazzish record in 26 years, "Translinear Light," produced by Ravi Coltrane. This year he encouraged his mother to undertake a three-stop tour with him and a few other first-rate jazz musicians; Sunday's show connected her new work to her old work, and to her husband's and her son's as well.

Asbury Park Press: Leading a quintet that included the ageless and incredible drumming of Jack DeJohnette, her son Ravi Coltrane on sax with bassists Drew Gress and Reggie Workman, Coltrane played two roughly 45-minute sets that included late husband John Coltrane's "Africa" and the opening of his "A Love Supreme." She also previewed some large ensemble numbers from her upcoming Impulse CD of inspirational music.

Washington Post: Indeed, watching Alice on organ, beaming till her dimples pop, it's not hard to catch a glimpse of the child prodigy from Detroit playing in the Baptist church. To see the young bebop player, the one with whom John Coltrane fell in love, back at Birdland so many years ago

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