ROVA Saxophone Quartet: As Was
Part of the legacy of the free jazz tradition is the concept that musical lines can have meaning with respect to other simultaneously improvised lines, independent of formal harmony or time signature. Take this concept and square it, and you have a situation where great discipline is required to create a coherent work. ROVA specializes in precisely this mode of operation, drawing influences from Albert Ayler, Olivier Messiaen, and Otis Redding along the way. As Was is not for feeble ears, and certainly it demands involvement on the part of the listener. But it's a fantastic document of the power, range, and complexity of musical freedom.
Track Listing: Daredevils; Quill; Escape From Zero Village; Under the Street Where You Live; Paint Another Take of the Shootpop.
Personnel: Jon Raskin: baritone, alto, and soprano saxophones; clarinet. Larry Ochs: tenor, sopranino, and alto saxophones. Andrew Voight: alto, sopranino, and soprano saxophones; flutes. Bruce Ackley: soprano saxophone; clarinet.
Record Label: Atavistic Worldwide
Style: Modern Jazz