Photo by Peter Gannushkin


Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, and Matt Garrison

Feb. 4
8 p.m.

The stellar trio of drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, and bassist Matthew Garrison has only existed for a short time. But they’ve already put out a spectacular album — last spring’s In Movement — and share a long, entwined history. In the 1960s, jazz icon DeJohnette mentored and played with his bandmates’ illustrious fathers, saxophonist John Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison. In Movement is suffused with jazz heritage but with an eye on the future, creating an elixir hovering between earthy and ethereal. It opens with the hymn-like “Alabama,” which John Coltrane wrote after the ’63 KKK bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four African-American girls. With DeJohnette’s restless percussion and Ravi Coltrane’s haunting tenor, it’s a mournful, deeply affecting elegy. DeJohnette switches to piano and Coltrane to sopranino for a spare, impressionistic rendition of the Miles Davis-Bill Evans tune “Blue in Green” (John Coltrane played on the original). The breathtaking, Grammy-nominated title track rides a lithe core of Garrison electronics, DeJohnette’s drums building a rustling intensity while Coltrane soars far and wide on sopranino.