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summer | jazz

Ravi Coltrane lives up to his name

Ravi Coltrane is now 47 years old. Over the past 15 years the saxophonist and composer has released six critically acclaimed albums as a leader and made innumerable recordings as a sideman, including his work with the collective supergroup Saxophone Summit. But still, for many jazz fans, the question remains: Why would a son of John Coltrane — one of the towering figures in jazz and, it could be argued, 20th-century music in general — choose to play his father’s instrument? Isn’t that just too much baggage to carry?

When I get Coltrane the younger on the telephone in Belgium, where he’s on a tour that will take him to Scullers on June 20, he laughs at my view from “the other side of the telescope.” He says. “I was never that conscious of a choice either way. I always loved saxophone players. It was just something that I wanted to do, that was fun to do.”

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