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Artist Profiles - Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane

As the son of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is continuing the legacy he has inherited by developing his own sound and feeling.He is also cousin to experimental music producer Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus. Ravi was born on August 6, 1965 in Long Island, New York, but he was raised in Los Angeles, California. He was named after sitar player Ravi Shankar. Coltrane has played with Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Carlos...
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Without a second's hesitation, Alex Ross Perry's Queen of Earth dives right into its heroine's lowest moment, in medias res. The camera stays close to Catherine's face, as smears of mascara frame eyes alight with pain, anger and exhaustion; this has been going on a while and we're just seeing the end of it. Her boyfriend is breaking up with her, which is awful enough, but the timing makes it worse: She's still reeling from the death of her father, an artist who mentored her, and now the two central figures in her life are gone.

Paul Kingsnorth's new novel, The Wake — a grim tale of medieval conquest and revenge — became a hit against all odds in the U.K. last year, and it's about to be released here.

I met Kingsnorth at his home in the countryside of far western Ireland. He and his wife grow their own food and home school their two young kids. "I think we'll get bees and chickens, we hope, maybe something else," he told me, calling out to his daughter. "Lela, you want an alpaca, don't you? Lela wants an alpaca or a donkey or anything fluffy, really."

If you want to measure a society's political health, two films from Latin America slyly suggest, look at how it treats the help. Sebastian Silva's gleeful 2009 black comedy, The Maid, drew on his own experience as the cosseted son of a well-to-do Chilean family propped up by its housekeeper. Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert began writing her new film, The Second Mother, two decades ago, when she hired a nanny to care for her first child.

In the climactic development of We Are Your Friends, a Los Angeles DJ has a breakthrough. Cole (Zac Efron) constructs a dance track from sampled sounds of his recent life, including zippers, staple-guns and remarks by the Girl Who Got Away and the Friend Who Died. Both the song and the scene are preposterous, but the autobiographical audio-collage neatly exemplifies the movie, an intermittently engaging medley of genres, moods and intentions.

No one has ever written about having a body the way Alexandra Kleeman does.

A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street’s rollercoaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. Ten years since Katrina. On Point's weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. Plus, A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. On Point will listen in.

Teedra Moses is a miracle worker. The Crescent City native has managed to remain near and dear to R&B lovers' hearts despite releasing only one studio album in 11 years. A large part of that oversized adoration is due to the tremendous impact and cult appeal of Moses' debut, Complex Simplicity; the other hook in her lasting allure has been her extraordinarily intimate live performances, which have continued steadily despite a lack of a new album.

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Update 2:23 p.m.: Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says the suspect in the shooting has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Virginia State Police say that as they were pursuing the suspect in an on-air fatal shooting, he ran off the road and crashed, and was found suffering from a gunshot wound.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Wednesday that the suspect is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

More than a month after Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail, a city is naming the street on which Bland was arrested after her. Bland, 28, was found dead in her cell on July 13; her mother and other supporters were present for Tuesday night's Prairie View City Council vote.

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Bob Baldwin brings his NewUrbanJazz Lounge to you every weekday at 2 PM

International recording artist Bob Baldwin brings his Fusion Of Contemporary Jazz With Urban & Brazilian Flavor every Monday through Friday. Join Bob as he presents artists such as Grover Washington, Jr., Tom Browne, David Benoit, Earl Klugh, Noel Pointer and more. Bob Baldwin's NewUrbanJazz Lounge, weekdays starting at 2 PM. Remember to also listen every Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 6 PM for more of The NewUrbanJazz Lounge.
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