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It's tempting to say that saxophonist Jon Raskin is the strong, silent Buddha of the Bay Area's veteran jazz/new-music combo Rova Saxophone Quartet. But anyone familiar with his trenchant compositions and explosive solo flights on sopranino, alto, and especially baritone…
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Into the Maelstrom

The Rova Saxophone Quartet has been performing for 22 years, ever since organizers of Oakland's now-defunct Free Jazz Festival asked Bruce Ackley to put together an ensemble to play there in 1977. Together, they developed a secret language of…
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Playing by Ear

Soprano saxophonist Bruce Ackley honed his craft not by playing, but by listening. He's developed that skill for 21 years as a member of the celebrated Rova Saxophone Quartet, a collaboration that demands its members play close attention to each…
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Sax Maniacs

"That's the strangest thing I've ever heard," remarked a friend in the dazed aftermath of a live performance by the Rova Saxophone Quartet of Larry Ochs' "The Secret Magritte." The heady work was originally commissioned by the Antwerpen '93 festival;…
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