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Music, BeatBox Left-Field Flyer

Left-Field Flyer

Steven Ellison is the great-nephew of the late great cosmic jazz pianist Alice Coltrane. He's making his own name in the music world, though, for crafting otherworldly, hip-hop-informed beats under the moniker Flying Lotus. His second album, Los Angeles (named…
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Music, Ravi Coltrane's ascent into history

Ravi Coltrane's ascent into history

Ravi Coltrane was but 2 years old when his father, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, one of the greatest (and most controversial) figures in jazz history, passed away in 1967. Raised by his mother, the late pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane,…
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Music, Hear This Jazz legends Alice and Ravi Coltrane hit SF Jazz Fest

Jazz legends Alice and Ravi Coltrane hit SF Jazz Fest

Some bands are good for a brief fling then forgotten; others you pathologically revisit because they've got their teeth buried in your buttons. Sweden's Love Is All is in the latter category; it skronks with such overdriven insistence the music…
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Music, Reviewed Alice Coltrane

Alice Coltrane

When Alice Coltrane joined her husband's band in 1966, John Coltrane was already considered a pioneer, well-known for exploring pathways of artistic expression, improvisation, and higher meaning. But this new lineup -- featuring thunderous bassist Jimmy Garrison, brilliant saxophone player…
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