The Change, My Girl
Label: Blue Note Records
You might have once felt sorry for Ravi Coltrane. Is there any bigger challenge in the annals of jazz dynasties than being the son of John and Alice? Stop worrying, now. This is a major album, in which two different bands -- Ravi's long-standing quartet and a quintet with pianist Geri Allen -- innovate and swing like mad. The quartet divides itself into two competing duos during "Roads Cross," and when they finally unite, a third Coltrane sound emerges: not as gale-force strong as the father's or as mystical as the mother's, but with an intelligence that carries a family resemblance to both.