Roxy Coss: Roxy Coss (2011)
The material includes elements of R&B, classical, funk and Latin styles, with a generally relaxed, modern jazz undertone. "Wandering One" begins the set with a warm-toned flugelhorn solo from Kate Miller, setting the stage for Coss' first solo, on a briskly swinging melody. "Lately" changes direction drastically, a heavy ballad that drags a bit in tempo, while the Latin swing is alive and well on "A New Time," where Coss, on flute, moves to an upbeat Latin rhythm. The album's most ambitious piece is, however, the gospel-influenced ballad, "Enlightenment," patterned after John Coltrane's "Dear Lord."
Coss does her best to be diverse on this first effort, and to that end she offers the funk-tinged "The Slow Accent." and contemporary "The Cherry On Top," two different but equally impressive charts. Coss ends the project with soprano, on the dark ballad "I Think So," returning to the tenor on her R&B finale, "July."
Neither flashy nor dull, Coss plays the saxophone with a measure of swing, swagger and sensitivityall qualities that make this debut well worth a listen.
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, Fender Rhodes; Kellen Harrison: bass; Shawn Baltazor: drums, percussion.
Record Label: Self Produced