Saxophone Summit: Seraphic Light

Saxophone Summit: Seraphic Light

by Saxophone Summit
     
 
There's a bittersweet back story to this second Saxophone Summit recording, but the music never lets on. The first outing, 2004's Gathering of Spirits, recorded seven years after their first gigs together, featured Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, and Michael Brecker, nothing less than three of the most innovative saxmen of the modern era. Since then, Brecker has

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There's a bittersweet back story to this second Saxophone Summit recording, but the music never lets on. The first outing, 2004's Gathering of Spirits, recorded seven years after their first gigs together, featured Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, and Michael Brecker, nothing less than three of the most innovative saxmen of the modern era. Since then, Brecker has passed away, leaving a gigantic gap in the jazz world. Rather than retire the occasional project, Lovano and Liebman smartly recruited tenorist Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice Coltrane (who passed away the same week as Brecker), to fill out the trio for this release. Ravi Coltrane is neither John Coltrane nor Michael Brecker, although to his credit, in his decade-plus on the scene, he's never tried to be anyone other than himself, and accordingly he's been hailed as one of the more promising newcomers. And to their credit, the three musicians neither worship John Coltrane's legacy here (they initially formed to honor him), nor do they avoid it. On listening to Seraphic Light, naturally the first question is how Ravi Coltrane holds his own alongside Liebman and Lovano. The answer is, quite well. While the music undeniably has a different vibe to it than it did with Brecker, that's what makes it such a worthy successor: it builds on what came before, with no attempt to replicate it. Instead, it pays tribute to Brecker ("Message to Mike," written and arranged by his brother Randy Brecker) and to both John and Alice Coltrane (the final three tracks on the album come from John's later period, on two of which Alice played piano), while at the same time finding space for diverse originals by Liebman, Lovano, and Ravi Coltrane and one from each member of their support cast: bassist Cecil McBee, pianist Phil Markowitz, drummer Billy Hart, and Randy Brecker, who plays trumpet on two tracks. Liebman astutely points out that Seraphic Light almost seems like two different albums: the Coltrane material is decidedly more "out" than the originals, which are considerably more mainstream. But it's those differences in approach that ultimately hold the recording together, and ultimately, it pays tribute to the Coltrane way of music-making in its unbending refusal to stay put or rest easy.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408367328
catalogNumber:
83673

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Saxophone Summit   Primary Artist
Joe Lovano   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Alto Clarinet,Group Member
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
David Liebman   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wood Flute,Group Member
Ravi Coltrane   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Billy Hart   Composer
Joe Lovano   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Phil Markowitz   Arranger,Composer
Cecil McBee   Arranger,Composer
Randy Brecker   Arranger,Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
David Liebman   Arranger,Composer
Dave Love   Producer
Elaine Martone   Producer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Ravi Coltrane   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Robert Hoffman   Art Direction
Jim Yates   Engineer

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