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Imaginary Friends

Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Andy Milne, Drew Gress, Mark Ferber

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1
Iram Issela
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
9:47
2
Oxide
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
5:38
3
Improper Authorities
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
6:06
4
Pittance
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
6:17
5
Fun Room
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
8:25
6
Imaginary Friends
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
6:10
7
Around The Corner
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
4:01
8
Melee
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
10:26
9
Good Boy
Ralph Alessi; Ravi Coltrane; Andy Milne; Drew Gress; Mark Ferber
3:42
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    60:32
Trumpeter Ralph Alessi’s first two ECM albums as a leader – Baida (2013) and Quiver (2016) – justly earned him high praise. The New York Times lauded the “elegant precision and power” of Baida, while The Guardian extolled Quiver, pointing to the leader’s “flawless technique and ability to draw on jazz tradition while avoiding its clichés.”

After those quartet discs, Alessi’s third ECM album, Imaginary Friends, presents him fronting a longtime working quintet in its first recording since 2010. 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 of Imaginary Friends 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.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

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