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Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane A.o.

Imaginary Friends



Released: 8th Feb 2019


The trumpeter’s third ECM album presents him fronting a long-time working quintet and what they have accomplished is as beautiful as it is proficient.

Alessi’s bandmates include a kindred spirit in saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, a studio and stage partner of the trumpeter’s since they were students together at the California Institute of the Arts in the late ’80s. They are joined by pianist Andy Milne and drummer Mark Ferber, both making their ECM debuts, plus bassist Drew Gress, who played on ‘Baida’ and ‘Quiver’. The nine Alessi compositions include an irresistible highlight in “Iram Issela,” with its rich seam of bittersweet melody and exceptional soloing by Coltrane setting the scene for an album of quicksilver beauty.

Imaginary Friends


  1. Iram Issela
  2. Oxide
  3. Improper Authorities
  4. Pittance
  5. Fun Room
  6. Imaginary Friends
  7. Around The Corner
  8. Melee
  9. Good Boy