The Late Trane Denys Baptiste Edition In this tribute to John Coltrane, who died 50 years ago, British saxophonist Denys Baptiste re-imagines and reworks 10 of Coltrane’s compositions from 1963 to 1967, heading his quintet on tenor and soprano saxes. The album, just Baptiste’s fifth as a leader in 18 years, is, like the original Coltrane music, very much spiritual jazz, written at a time of tumultuous change. There are multicultural flavours, using touches of folk, but the album never strays far from its personal jazz journey, balancing Baptiste’s artistic vision with the visceral emotions and cosmic references that encompass Coltrane’s later music. Ascent, a good track to establish the style and spirit of the album, begins with Nikki Yeoh’s piano underscoring Gary Crosby’s double bass and Baptiste’s soprano sax, continuing with a Coltrane-style soprano sax angular solo of increasing intensity, pushed along by Rod Young’s drums. Piano is also to the fore in the opening of Transition, introducing the soprano’s ballad-like solo in an achingly sorrowful mode backed by piano and adding the drums’ soft mallets. True to its title, Peace on Earth begins Yeoh’s wandering piano and moves into Baptiste’s strengthening saxophone excursion wending to its conclusion. Another slower track, Astral Trane, also begins abstractly with soprano, piano and Gary Crosby’s acoustic bass as Rod Young’s percussion shimmers. After the Rain paints an aural landscape of the awakening refreshment after a downpour using the soprano’s quickening flurry of notes. The final track, Dear Lord, adopts a tango rhythm with just soprano and acoustic bass, to complete the spirituality of the album. Baptiste has made music of importance here, presenting a rare window on to a great moment in jazz history.