Given his monumental place in the jazz pantheon, it simply isn’t possible to pick up a tenor saxophone without stepping into the shadow of John Coltrane. How much greater must the pressure be, then, when you share not only his instrument but also his last name?
Ravi Coltrane has admirably avoided such outsize expectations by simply following his own muse. He doesn’t ignore his heritage. His set list often includes tunes by father John or mother Alice (herself a pioneering pianist). (FULL ARTICLE: Shaun Brady, The Inquirer)