The son of one legend (saxophone colossus John Coltrane) and named after another (sitarist Ravi Shankar), Ravi Coltrane managed to adeptly hurdle the myriad potential pitfalls of such a legacy and established himself as one of the premier saxophonists of the post-bop era. Playing tenor and soprano like his father and assimilating his sound along with virtually every other contemporary jazz saxophonist, Ravi nevertheless has etched his own distinctive voice in both tone and temperament, and at age 45 stands highly regarded in his own right. It doesn't hurt that his lithe, invariably thoughtful negotiations of jazz's intricate eddies, flows, and cascades are accompanied by a particularly fine ensemble: pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E. J. Strickland, all integral parts of the group's unique language and dynamics. Having overseen the legacies of his father and mother (keyboardist Alice Coltrane, who died in 1997), Ravi Coltrane is now polishing his own formidable one. He signed with Blue Note Records in August, with a new album reportedly due out next spring. $35 at 7 p.m.; $20 at 9:30 p.m.
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