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Drew Gress

This year has been very rich in musical performances, and as is often the case, I'm behind in writing about them. Two weeks ago Ravi Coltrane had a residency at SF Jazz to comemorate the 50th Anniversary of his father's landmark recording, A Love Supreme. The Thursday show featured Joe Lovano, Geri Allen, Drew Gress on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums. The music was evocative of A Love Supreme, without being imitative. I first saw Ravi at a late night jam session in Paris 20 years ago at an Antonio Hart gig. Betty Carter and Jacky Terrasson also sat in. Being named after two of the greatest musicians of the 20th century is a lot to live up to. It's taken Ravi a while to come into his own, but he's done it. He is relaxed with his legacy, and what he can contribute to it. Loving has been a master for years, and they play off each other beautifully, with Lovano channeling the whole history of the music. I recently discovered a Lovano recording, Symphonic, with a big band and orchestra live in Europe. Highly recommended. In the coming year I'll write more about recordings in addition to live shows. Peace!
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