A LOVE SUPREME
The music of John Coltrane has been enjoyed worldwide by the audience and performed by almost every jazz musician on the planet. There have been movements, spiritual awakenings, and transformations just from the iconic album A LOVE SUPREME. Because of its devotion, beauty, and perfection, I was hesitant to record the album. But, I have had the privilege to perform music by John Coltrane on many stages in various configurations as a sideman and as a leader. I gathered a younger generation of musicians who are devoted to this music and I made a choice to record A LOVE SUPREME with so much joy and conviction offered to it. I thought it unfair to not release it. For many, the original album by John Coltrane is sacred ground. Oh, I understand I feel that way myself. But I believe John Coltrane's offering was also created to be enjoyed by others as well as expressing his spiritual devotion. This is our offering to the spirit and the creator. We give thanks and praise to John Coltrane as well. This album has not been advertised as released. If you heard it on your local radio station or live stream it was offered here. Please enjoy. Elé Salif Howell fully expressed on drums, Nick Panoutsos solidly performing bass, Ian McArdle soothing our soul with piano, Jasim Perales bringing another beauty of surprise on trombone.
I trust you will find this album invigorating.
RICHARD HOWELL'S A LOVE SUPREME IS one of the most exciting fresh new groups of the season. Howell performs with the spirit of those who have come before with magical abilities to reach an audience to sing, dance and reflect as to a "sonic baptism" of praise and glory. Pushing the future of jazz is the ensemble of love, compassion, and youth prodigies. We will hear quite a bit from pianist Ian McArdle, bassist Nick Panoutsos and drummer Ele Salif Howell. These young musical talents are already making their names known throughout the jazz community as the ones to carry the torch. THESE GUYS SERIOUSLY PLAY!
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Read A Coltrane Family Reunion at the SFJAZZ Center:
“…[Ravi's] new band features guitarist David Gilmore and bassist Lonnie Plaxico, esteemed players who’ve been recording since the 1980s, and two rising powerhouses in 25-year-old Israeli-born pianist/keyboardist Gadi Lehavi and 23-year-old drummer Elé Howell, the son of veteran Bay Area saxophonist Richard Howell. With Lehavi situated at far stage right and Howell seated behind an augmented drum kit at stage left, Thursday’s performance ebbed and flowed along the axis of energy crackling between the two poles.
Howell’s command of the kit was awe inspiring, but no surprise to anyone who’s witnessed him since high school bringing the same volcanic energy to his father’s band Sudden Changes (Richard Howell was in the house, adding another level of family celebration into the evening’s mix). Ravi reveled in Howell’s surging power throughout the set, riding his cresting patterns like a surfer cutting across one of those impossibly towering waves off of Nazaré, Portugal.”