Charles Waring, Record Collector

This month’s outstanding new album is by New York saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, who was mentored by Gary Bartz and has performed with Gregory Porter and Alicia Keys. Pursuance: The Coltranes (★★★★☆ Ropeadope) is an epic opus inspired by John and Alice Coltrane’s music and finds Benjamin surrounded by a vast supporting cast, including ex-Coltrane bassist, Reggie Workman, plus Ron Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Meshell Ndegeocello, Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland, and Jazzmeia Horn. Its vibe, as you’d expect with its Coltrane theme, is deeply spiritual.

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