Ravi Coltrane – Mad 6 (2002) [Japan]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:44 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,04 GB
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A saxophonist whose patiently evolving style has been one of the more interesting stories in contemporary jazz, Ravi Coltrane helps launch Columbia’s Eighty-Eights subsidiary (founded by Japanese producer Yasohachi “88” Itoh) with a set that is by turns more freewheeling and lyrical than his previous major label efforts. Featuring two bands–one with George Colligan on piano and the other Andy Milne–Mad 6 reflects Ravi’s involvement in both jazz classicism and the throbbing, funkified bop of Brooklyn’s M-Base school.
Anytime that the son of a jazz great not only follows his father into the business but also plays the same instruments, the difficulty in overcoming the shadow must be incredible. Yet Ravi Coltrane has displayed a great deal of maturity throughout his career, unafraid of covering his father’s compositions or songs that he recorded, while successfully finding his own voice. These 2002 sessions feature Coltrane with two distinct rhythm sections, with either Andy Milne or George Colligan on piano and James Genus or Darryl Hall on bass, plus drummer Steve Haas. The comparisons to John Coltrane are inevitable with his explosive interpretations of “26-2” and “Fifth House,” along with the bluesy, loping rendition of Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now.” Yet the tense, brisk arrangement of “‘Round Midnight” suggests the hustle and bustle of Manhattan nightlife at that hour, with a tense rhythm behind his furious soprano sax. Ravi’s originals also demonstrate his promise as a composer, including the driving “Between Lines” and the delightfully abstract “The Mad 6.” This is one of the best efforts by a fine musician who deserves to be evaluated on his own terms.
02. Ginger Bread Boy
04. The Mad 6
05. Self Portrait in Three Colors
06. Between Lines
07. ‘Round Midnight
08. The Return of Olymbus
09. Ask Me Now
10. Fifth House
Ravi Coltrane – tenor and soprano sax
George Colligan – piano (tracks: 1, 4 to 6 & 10)
Andy Milne – piano (tracks: 2, 3, 7, 8 & 9)
James Genus – bass (tracks: 2, 3, 7, 8 & 9)
Darryl Hall – bass (tracks: 1, 4 to 6 & 10)
Steve Hass – drums
Produced by Yasohachi “88” Itoh. Engineered by David Baker. Mastered By Koji “C-chan” Suzuki.
Recorded on May 26 & 27, 2002 at Avatar Studio, New York. DSD Mixing by Yoshihiro Suzuki.