December 18, 2007
Coltrane's influence wears well on Fortune (David R. Adler, 12/17/07, The Philadelphia Inquirer)
John Coltrane hovered in the air at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Saturday, and not just because Sonny Fortune led off with Coltrane's midtempo "Blues Minor."
"Entire careers have drafted in [Coltrane's] tailwind," writes critic Ben Ratliff. Fortune, the Philly-born, New York-based alto saxophonist, is a fitting example. He knew Coltrane and, in the post-Coltrane era, worked with the signal members of Coltrane's classic quartet, pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones.
When Fortune played "You and the Night and the Music" - the title track from his newest CD - he framed the Dietz/Schwartz standard with a vamp reminiscent of Coltrane's "Liberia." This is Fortune's native tongue: extended, hard-charging modal improvisation in the Coltrane vein, favoring minor keys, with a swing- and Latin-derived rhythmic foundation.
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 18, 2007 9:53 AM