Saturday night ended big at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival with signings from The Relatives and Ravi Coltrane at the mini-Amoeba tent.
Fresh from their electrifying set on the Garden stage, The Relatives (dapper in lavender suits) sat for a signing and meet & greet at the Amoeba tent. The Relatives were formed in 1970 by veteran Dallas Gospel singer Rev. Gean West and his brother Tommie. Their sound bridges the gap between traditional Gospel, Soul, and Psychedelia. In the early 1970s, they recorded three obscure singles and a previously unreleased session — all of which are compiled on the acclaimed 2009 anthology, Don’t Let Me Fall. The release of the anthology brought The Relatives back together as a band, planting the seeds for their 2013 Yep Roc release, The Electric Word, which was recorded and produced by Jim Eno of Spoon, and is their first recording in 30 years!
Born on Long Island in 1965, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the second son of John and Alice Coltrane. His father (who recorded the landmark Blue Train for Blue Note in 1957) died when Ravi was only two. Alice, a renowned composer and pianist, raised Ravi on the West Coast and proved a strong role model in her own right.
Ravi takes a bold step in his creative journey with his Blue Note Records debut, Spirit Fiction. The album features two different band lineups, each with a unique expressive urgency.
Ravi and our friend, Monterey Jazz Festival talent coordinator and musician Bennett Jackson, discussed the new album and Blue Note Records after he signed autographs and shook many a hand with devoted fans of all ages. Check out our video below!
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