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Music, Reviewed Larry Ochs, Joan Jeanrenaud, Miya Masaoka

Larry Ochs, Joan Jeanrenaud, Miya Masaoka

For his debut recording with former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud and koto master Miya Masaoka, Rova Saxophone Quartet's Larry Ochs composed four extended works for improvisation that compel the players to be both quick-thinking and full-feeling. On the album's…
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Music, Ace of Bass

Ace of Bass

For some people, the list of groundbreaking jazz bassists begins and ends with Charles Mingus, who passed away in 1979. Perhaps it's Mingus' sheer charisma as much as the music itself; he was as known for womanizing, fisticuffs, and the…
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Music, Kind of Code Blue

Kind of Code Blue

Imagine you knew someone who was critically ill and you asked his doctor if he was alive or dead. If the physician said, "That depends on what you mean by "dead,'" you might be a tad unnerved. And yet if…
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Calendar, Night&Day Improv Works

Improv Works

For nearly 25 years, the Bay Area's Rova Saxophone Quartet has been a model of improvisational ingenuity. Two dozen critically acclaimed albums and hundreds of worldwide concerts attest to its members' essential role in shaping contemporary creative exploration into an…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

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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Hear This

Maybe MondayFor all the racket conjured up at times on its debut Saturn's Finger, Maybe Monday's Fred Frith (guitar), Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics), and Larry Ochs (tenor and sopranino sax) essentially focus on the power of nuance. The CD is…
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Hear This

Steve Lacy The clarity and integrity of saxophonist Steve Lacy's vision as a jazz composer/improviser have inspired fans and musicians alike for more than four decades. Eminent Bay Area reedmen Larry Ochs, Dan Plonsey, and Ben Goldberg explain why: "What…
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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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