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August 2, 2012
JAZZ The son of a jazz royalty in Alice and John Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane may never fully escape his parents' shadow, but on his latest album "Spirit Fiction" he sounds utterly at peace with that reality. A knotty and expressive release that nods toward his mother and father's restless creativity while at the same time encapsulating a logical extension of it, the quietly addictive album may be Coltrane's best yet. Here he performs in a quartet anchored by fiery young drummer E.J. Strickland.
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October 7, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Six years in, it's reasonable to expect some growing pains from the Angel City Jazz Festival. Heading into its third and most conventionally "festival-like" concert on its six-night schedule, which offered a slate of four acts under clear skies at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, the festival still couldn't escape the shadow of a run of bad luck with scheduling. With the event's most buzzed-about act -- the Robert Glasper Experiment -- canceling its show due to a scheduling conflict, the festival rebounded fast by booking the Terence Blanchard Quintet in his place for Oct. 12. But just as the sun was setting, festival emcee LeRoy Downs announced from the stage that Blanchard had also canceled his appearance (a festival representative later cited "circumstances beyond our control," and said all pre-sold tickets would be refunded)
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February 9, 2012
MUSIC A powerful double bill of contemporary jazz heavyweights, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane follows in the footsteps of his legendary parents, John and Alice, with invigorating twists on modern post-bop, and the former chair for jazz at the L.A. Philharmonic, bassist Christian McBride, was recently honored with a Grammy nomination for his debut as a big band leader, but here he'll perform in a stripped-down piano trio. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $20-$65.
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May 30, 2013
Steven Ellison's (a.k.a. Flying Lotus) fourth full-length album, "Until the Quiet Comes" comes after 2010's "Cosmogramma" and a sea change in the American electronica scene. "Cosmogramma" was indebted to the astral free-jazz legacy of his family (his aunt is Alice Coltrane and his cousin is saxophonist Ravi Coltrane). It raised his profile considerably, featuring contributions from Erykah Badu and Radiohead's Thom Yorke. "Until the Quiet Comes" is a sleeker, uncluttered pivot from that sound.
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September 28, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ravi Coltrane took the stage at Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday night in a state of considerable uncertainty. Over the last few months, his career has hit a period of instability, exacerbated by his recording contract being dropped by BMG. This at a time when he has been seeking to move his music in a different direction via the forming of a new ensemble. Under the circumstances, he was obliged to put new directions on hold for the moment.
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April 5, 1998 | Don Heckman
The '90s have been a neoclassical period for jazz, as many of the so-called "Young Lions" following in Wynton Marsalis' footsteps have rigorously addressed themselves to the reexamination of the bop and hard bop styles of the late '40s, '50s and early '60s. As the decade (and the century) moves to a close, a second wave of young players continues to turn to the postwar years for inspiration.
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September 30, 2010 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Thinking about the upcoming Angel City Jazz Festival feels like a logical paradox. Is it possible to grow both bigger and smaller at the same time? After stretching to two days at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater last year with a lineup offering nods to West Coast jazz past and present, the festival has this year scaled FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article mistakenly had the time of Saturday's REDCAT event as 8 p.m. It begins at 8:30 p.m. back its multi-act "festival" component to one night at the Ford.
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July 7, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Trying to inhabit someone else's musical vision is tricky business. And it's particularly tricky if the vision is as pervasive and far-reaching as the music of, say, Charlie Parker or John Coltrane. So imagine how much harder it must be if the vision is that of your own father. That's what Ravi Coltrane faces, and at this stage in his career--he is 34--he undoubtedly has become weary of the comparisons with his iconic parent.
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May 30, 2013
Steven Ellison's (a.k.a. Flying Lotus) fourth full-length album, "Until the Quiet Comes" comes after 2010's "Cosmogramma" and a sea change in the American electronica scene. "Cosmogramma" was indebted to the astral free-jazz legacy of his family (his aunt is Alice Coltrane and his cousin is saxophonist Ravi Coltrane). It raised his profile considerably, featuring contributions from Erykah Badu and Radiohead's Thom Yorke. "Until the Quiet Comes" is a sleeker, uncluttered pivot from that sound.
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January 17, 2002
8pm Theater In "Fiddler on the Roof," a humble milkman struggles to preserve his family traditions as 20th century pogroms loom. This new touring production of the landmark Joseph Stein-Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical is something of a tradition for star Theodore Bikel too: He has performed the role more than 1,600 times. Director Sammy Dallas Bayes has re-created Jerome Robbins' original Broadway choreography for the show. "Fiddler on the Roof," Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd.
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May 28, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Although it's been almost four years since Terence Blanchard's last album, it's not as if the trumpeter hasn't kept busy. In addition to the Poncho Sanchez collaboration "Chano y Dizzy," he's remained a first-call film composer (with Spike Lee's "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" and George Lucas' "Red Tails" among his latest), and in his spare time wrote an opera, which debuts in St. Louis next month. Though Blanchard has no shortage of outlets, he still sounds overflowing with inspiration.
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October 25, 2012
MUSIC As a roiling tide of diverse electronic music sweeps the U.S. - especially the madcap "beat music" that Flying Lotus and the Low End Theory club night in Lincoln Heights helped popularize - Steven Ellison's new album as FlyLo, "Until the Quiet Comes," is an attempt to reclaim his own focus. The album, Ellison's fourth full-length, comes two years after 2010's "Cosmogramma" and a sea change in the American electronica scene. "Cosmogramma" was indebted to the astral free-jazz legacy of his family (his aunt is Alice Coltrane and his cousin is saxophonist Ravi Coltrane)
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October 1, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
About an hour before Steven Ellison's debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl as Flying Lotus last month, he got news that made his blood run cold. The elaborate audio-visual rig he'd prepared for his set was screwing up. He'd planned to debut an immersive array of projections on a mesh screen in front of him while he performed his ethereal and beat-chopped electronica. Thousands upon thousands of fans were outside waiting for him. But minutes before his set, they just couldn't make the thing work.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012
JAZZ The son of a jazz royalty in Alice and John Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane may never fully escape his parents' shadow, but on his latest album "Spirit Fiction" he sounds utterly at peace with that reality. A knotty and expressive release that nods toward his mother and father's restless creativity while at the same time encapsulating a logical extension of it, the quietly addictive album may be Coltrane's best yet. Here he performs in a quartet anchored by fiery young drummer E.J. Strickland.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012
MUSIC A powerful double bill of contemporary jazz heavyweights, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane follows in the footsteps of his legendary parents, John and Alice, with invigorating twists on modern post-bop, and the former chair for jazz at the L.A. Philharmonic, bassist Christian McBride, was recently honored with a Grammy nomination for his debut as a big band leader, but here he'll perform in a stripped-down piano trio. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $20-$65.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2010 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Thinking about the upcoming Angel City Jazz Festival feels like a logical paradox. Is it possible to grow both bigger and smaller at the same time? After stretching to two days at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater last year with a lineup offering nods to West Coast jazz past and present, the festival has this year scaled back its multi-act "festival" component to one night at the Ford. But in a move that points to the eclectic nature of L.A. jazz, the festival in its third year spans six nights that encompass a range of artists and merge boundary-pushing jazz with elements from the worlds of art, film, dance and even dining.
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July 13, 1997 | Don Heckman
Of all the players who have followed in John Coltrane's footsteps, the most directly connected is Ravi Coltrane, also a saxophonist. The son of Coltrane and his wife, Alice Coltrane--a well-known pianist and frequent musical collaborator with her husband--Ravi was not quite 2 years old when his father died. The younger Coltrane, named after the Indian classical sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, bears a striking resemblance to his father.
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January 18, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A few years ago, pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter stepped into a demanding genre of improvisation, performing spontaneously as a duo, with no preset tunes or arrangements. Despite the abstract nature of the music, their performances were largely greeted by full crowds and favorable critical reviews. This week at the Jazz Bakery, a considerably less visible duo--pianist Joanne Brackeen and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane--is taking on a similar task.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2010
POP MUSIC On Flying Lotus In his strange and wonderful new album, "Cosmogramma," Lotus destroys genres with his jazz-infused avant-garde music. He's commandeering the Echoplex on Friday and Saturday for two very different performances. On Friday, he'll play a solo set with full visual accompaniment and excellent openers including fellow travelers Ras G and Samiyam. On Saturday, however, it gets even more intriguing, as Lotus debuts his new live band (or, as he's dubbing it, an "infinity" sign)
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