(photo: Deborah Feingold)

Saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane is set to release Spirit Fiction, his debut recording for Blue Note Records, on June 19. The album was produced by his label mate and fellow saxophonist Joe Lovano and features two different band lineups, each with a unique expressive urgency. Several tracks feature Coltrane’s long-term quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. Coltrane also enlisted a quintet featuring trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus and drummer Eric Harland — the personnel featured on his sophomore release From the Round Box. Lovano also guests on two tracks.

Coltrane will also be touring extensively in the U.S. and Europe over the coming months including an early engagement at Birdland in New York City (May 29-June 2), two nights at Bohemian Caverns in Washington DC (June 22-23), a run of European dates with McCoy Tyner (June 29-July 7), West Coast dates in the Summer including Jazz Alley in Seattle (July 31-August 1), Catalina’s in Los Angeles (August 2-5), and Yoshi’s in Oakland (August 6-7), as well as key Fall dates including the Jazz Showcase in Chicago (September 27-30) and the Village Vanguard in New York City (October 2-7).


May 29-June 2 — Birdland — New York, NY

June 22-23 — Bohemian Caverns — Washington, DC

June 29 — Fort of Wolfisheim — Wolfiseim, France

June 30 — Festival Jazz de La Defense — Paris, France **with McCoy Tyner

July 2 — Jazz a Vienne — Vienne, France **with McCoy Tyner

July 4 — Centro Cultural de Belem — Lisbon, Portugal **with McCoy Tyner

July 6 — North Sea Jazz Festival — Rotterdam, Holland **with McCoy Tyner

July 7 — Comblain Jazz Festival — Comblain-la-Tour, Belguim **with McCoy Tyner

July 21 — Black Sea Jazz Festival — Batumi/Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

July 25-26 — New Mexico Jazz Festival — Albuquerque, NM

July 27-28 — Dazzle — Denver, CO

July 31-August 1 — Jazz Alley — Seattle, WA

August 2-5 — Catalina Jazz Club — Los Angeles, CA

August 6-7 — Yoshi’s — Oakland CA

August 11 — Richmond Jazz Festival — Richmond, VA

September 27-30 — Jazz Showcase — Chicago, IL

October 2-7 — Village Vanguard — New York, NY


The track listing for Spirit Fiction is as follows:

1. Roads Cross (Ravi Coltrane) 5:04

2. Klepto (Ralph Alessi) 7:30

3. Spirit Fiction (Coltrane) 2:28

4. the change, my girl (Coltrane) 6:46

5. Who Wants Ice Cream (Alessi) 6:32

6. Spring & Hudson (Coltrane) 2:21

7. Cross Roads (Coltrane) 4:03

8. Yellow Cat (Alessi) 6:50

9. Check Out Time (Ornette Coleman) 7:26

10. Fantasm (Paul Motian) 4:08

11. Marilyn & Tammy (Coltrane) 5:42


For more information please contact:

Cem Kurosman at EMI Music

(p) 212.786.8634 (e) cem.kurosman@emimusic.com


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“Ravi Coltrane’s affiliation with Blue Note Records, home to his new Spirit Fiction album, can only train more of the spotlight on the saxophonist whose continually maturing playing acknowledges, yet sidesteps, the overwhelming influence of his iconic father, John.”

—The New Yorker

“Ravi Coltrane has been on the scene long enough to prove that his success is about much more than his father’s iconicity—or the fame of his increasingly appreciated mother, the late pianist Alice Coltrane. The younger Coltrane’s style grows more confident with each passing year, and his group excels at both upbeat grooves and searching free-time ballads.”

—Time Out New York

“a spectacular success. Coltrane vaults himself to a new level of compositional and improvisational excellence with a record that’s a complete, seamless musical statement.”


NPR: First Listen: Ravi Coltrane, ‘Spirit Fiction’, 6/10/12