Sounds like a huge jazz highlight of the summer in prospect with news of The Late Trane, fresh from saxophonist Denys Baptiste, like Coltrane a massive influence on a new generation of Britjazz players notably Binker Golding, back with a heavyweight late-period John Coltrane meditation. Last heard by marlbank back in 2015 playing music from A Love Supreme in a quartet led by Gary Crosby 50 years on from the first live performance of Coltrane’s masterwork, this is a major new album in prospect from Baptiste spanning late period Coltrane albums such as Crescent, Ascension, Interstellar Space, Meditations, Om and Sun Ship, a studio affair, his most significant recording since Let Freedom Ring 14 years ago this new work was recorded in January 2017 in east London and will be released by Edition records in June. Baptiste, 47, first appeared on the UK scene as a remarkably knowing sideman with South African great Bheki Mseleku in the 1990s is on tenor and soprano saxes is with pianist/keyboardist Nikki Yeoh, bassist Neil Charles and drummer Rod Youngs, with bassist Gary Crosby and saxophonist Steve Williamson guesting. The album was produced by Jason Yarde, the Coltrane tracks on the album bookended by ‘Dusk Dawn’ from Kulu Sé Mama and ‘Dear Lord’ (Transition). Listen to ‘Ascent,’ which appeared as the final track of Sun Ship, above