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Ravi Coltrane to Perform Father's 'Love Supreme' Dec. 10-14 in San Francisco Gala Honoring Album

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Dec 04, 2014 04:08 PM EST

For some listeners, the iconic John Coltrane album A Love Supreme is a masterwork of the jazz genre. John's son Ravi felt that it was like "when planets align," to be specific. Thus, Ravi Coltrane announced that he will lead a five-night gala Dec. 10-14 to celebrate the album, and all are welcome to attend.

Starting Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco, Ravi Coltrane, 49, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his father's idyllic composition.

With a little help from his friends like saxophonists Joe Lovano and Steve Coleman, pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Matthew Garrison, the Turtule Island Quartet and more, the event should be most resounding.

Citing that it is only going to take place on the West Coast, Ravi joked to the Mercury News: "Just like they say: 'One time only!' The next time will be the 100th."

Thus, the celebration will begin with a symposium on the recording, led by Coltrane and music historian Ashley Kahn, author of 2002's A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album. Kahn, who regards the album as John's "autobiography," comes as a sonic inquiry to nature and universal beliefs.

Recovering from his own bouts with alcoholism and drug addiction, the disc did, perhaps, help bring Coltrane out of the trench. And in a way, it is his most personal work.

Luckily it is an album that never goes out of style — or physical production — so we can revel in the sounds from 1957. Thus, this December son Ravi will tell us how and why the album came to be in a most enlightening way.

Until then, here is John below:

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TagsRavi Coltrane, John Coltrane, A Love Supreme, SFJazz Center, Joe Lovano, Steve Coleman