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Roxy Coss: Roxy Coss (2010)

By Published: January 28, 2011
Roxy Coss: Roxy Coss With the exception of a few instrumentalists like pianist Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou Williams
1910 - 1981
piano
, most women in the so called golden era of jazz were singers. That situation has changed in the last few years, with more and more extraordinaire female musicians entering the jazz scene. Bassist Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding
b.1984
bass, acoustic
, pianist Hiromi
Hiromi
Hiromi
b.1979
piano
, drummer Cindy Blackman
Cindy Blackman
Cindy Blackman
b.1959
drums
and saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen

sax, tenor
are just a few examples of the quality of female jazz musicians today. Newcomer Roxy Coss
Roxy Coss
Roxy Coss
b.1986
sax, tenor
should be consider for inclusion in that list.

Coss is a saxophonist and flautist with a round, rich tone, and a composer well-versed in the jazz tradition. Coss' self-titled debut is a collection of original compositions, each one reflecting the diversity of influences in her music. Tracks like "Lately" and "July" can be classified as smooth jazz, while the funky sounds of "The Slow Accent" lean towards jazz fusion; but on "The Cherry On Top" and "Wandering One," the music is reminiscent of the Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
/John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
recordings.

Like most tenor saxophonists there is a Coltrane influence in Coss' sound, especially in her scalar approach to improvisation. And just like Coltrane, Coss achieves a perfect balance of lyricism and intensity in her improvisations through a superb sense of timing, rhythmic and harmonic structure. As a flautist she is equally impressive in the Latin-influenced "A New Time."

Roxy Coss is a promising debut from a multitalented young musician.


Track Listing: Wandering One; Lately; A New Time; Enlightenment; The Slow Ascent; The Cherry On Top; I Think So; July.

Personnel: Roxy Coss: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute. Kate Miller: trumpet, flugelhorn. Ryan Brennan: guitar. Justin Kauflin: piano, Rhodes. Kellen Harrison:bass. Shawn Baltazor: drums, percussion.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Modern Jazz



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