Spirit Fiction

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Despite the metaphysical suggestion in Spirit Fiction's title, this is Ravi Coltrane's most cerebral, process-oriented recording to date. This does not mean, however, that his debut offering for Blue Note Records is dry or academic. There is an abundance of emotion and sensual detail, most of it expressed gently, with the confidence -- and authority -- of a veteran bandleader. Coltrane employs two lineups on the date. First is his longstanding quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland. The other is the quintet that appeared on 2000's Round Box: trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus, and drummer Eric Harland. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Despite the metaphysical suggestion in Spirit Fiction's title, this is Ravi Coltrane's most cerebral, process-oriented recording to date. This does not mean, however, that his debut offering for Blue Note Records is dry or academic. There is an abundance of emotion and sensual detail, most of it expressed gently, with the confidence -- and authority -- of a veteran bandleader. Coltrane employs two lineups on the date. First is his longstanding quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland. The other is the quintet that appeared on 2000's Round Box: trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus, and drummer Eric Harland. Coltrane composed six pieces for this session and Alessi, three. There are also readings of Ornette Coleman's "Check Out Time" and Paul Motian's "Fantasm." Spirit Fiction was produced by saxophonist Joe Lovano, who appears on cover tunes. Coltrane's vision of process gets a bold workup here on three tunes. "Roads Cross" is jarring at first, head-to-head knotty, yet it jells about two minutes in. Here and on the seventh cut, conversely named "Cross Roads," the feel is similar. This is because the quartet was recorded as two separate duos playing the tune simultaneously and then mixing them together. The title track offers a further exploration of this technique, but this time, the duos recorded the piece separately and were dubbed on top of one another. In each case, Coltrane's process theory -- using the studio as a fifth member -- actually creates additional strategic possibilities not only of color and texture, but for improvisation. Other highlights are more organic in approach, the gorgeous original ballad "The Change, My Girl" provides a delicate, intricate Coltrane solo full of grace and elegance. Alessi's "Klepto" is a solid, swinging, post-bop groover. On the trumpeter's "Yellow Cat," Coltrane displays his exceptionally well-developed skills as an accompanist. The interplay between Lovano and Coltrane on "Check Out Time" is instinctive, full of delightful dialogue, and a fine contrast in harmonic ideas with stellar playing by Allen. On closer "Marilyn & Tammy," Coltrane's soprano reveals his father's influence in the building of arpeggios, yet the sense of compositional mapmaking is his own. Spirit Fiction is a confident next step for the saxophonist; its execution and ambition offer a glance at where he's been, but more importantly, a solid look at where he's going.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099991893727
  • Catalog Number: 18937
  • Sales rank: 145,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roads Cross (5:04)
  2. 2 Klepto (7:30)
  3. 3 Spirit Fiction (2:28)
  4. 4 The Change, My Girl (6:46)
  5. 5 Who Wants Ice Cream (6:32)
  6. 6 Spring & Hudson (2:21)
  7. 7 Cross Roads (4:03)
  8. 8 Yellow Cat (6:50)
  9. 9 Check Out Time (7:26)
  10. 10 Fantasm (4:11)
  11. 11 Marilyn & Tammy (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ravi Coltrane Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Geri Allen Piano
Joe Lovano Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Alessi Trumpet
James Genus Bass
Drew Gress Bass
Luis Perdomo Piano
Eric Harland Drums
E.J. Strickland Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Lovano Producer, Liner Notes
Ralph Alessi Composer
Ornette Coleman Composer
Drew Gress Composer
Dave Kowalski Engineer
Joe Marciano Engineer
Paul Motian Composer
Allan Tucker Mastering
Ravi Coltrane Composer, Producer
Bruce Lundvall Executive Producer
Ron Pownall Lighting Assistant, Photo Assistance
Luis Perdomo Composer
E.J. Strickland Composer
Anna M. Sala Management
Chris Allen Engineer
Hayden Miller Art Direction
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