Go See It This Weekend: Ravi Coltrane, Pissed Jeans, Animus, And More

January 13, 2012

Eldar Djangirov
Philadelphia Weekly

Great jazz pianists have emerged from hotbeds like Detroit and Philadelphia—and how about Bishkek, in the seldom-noted former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan? Eldar Djangirov is a young and fearsome player who landed a major-label deal at 17 and showed great poise and creativity on his 2005 debut, simply titled Eldar. Since then, he’s ventured into complex electric post-fusion with Re-Imagination and Virtue, but he hasn’t abandoned the acoustic sensibility at the heart of Eldar and the sophomore release Live at the Blue Note. His latest, the solo-piano keeper Three Stories, veers between jazz repertoire and treatments of Bach and Scriabin. It’s the work of a traditionalist in the best sense of the term. -David R. Adler

5pm. Free with museum admission. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and JFK Blvd. 215.763.8100.

AND Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra with Perserverence Jazz Band at Johnny Brenda’s, AND Cults sold out Union Transfer (Craigslist?), AND an acoustic set with A Loss For Words with Koji, JB of Bright & Early and Brian Marquis at the First Unitarian Church Chapel, AND The National Rifle with Waking Lights and Blayer Pointdujour at Milkboy, AND DallasK at the Blockley, AND Swift Technique with Lady and Dr Ruckus at KungFu Necktie.

Saturday, January 14th

Ravi Coltrane
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane—son of jazz greats John and Alice Coltrane—isn’t just getting by on the grounds of his parentage. Although it took him a while to embrace jazz as a calling (he didn’t release his first album as leader until age 32), Coltrane has worked hard to hone his chops, to both critical and popular acclaim. As his straight-ahead bop has slowly morphed into more explorative, free-form jazz, and his tenor sax shares time with a soprano, Coltrane has also become more willing to address his ancestry, through both musical influences and interpretations of songs associated with his parents. On his own, however, Coltrane’s tone is warm, his original compositions are rich and poignant, and his covers of standards are provoking and creative, oftentimes to the point of non-recognition. -Katherine Silkaitis

8pm. $20-$40. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900.

Philadelphia Weekly