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by Jack Bowers
East meets Midwest on The Ox-Mo Incident, wherein Denver-based tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman shares the front line with bassoonist Frank Morelli, whose day jobs include teaching at the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and several other citadels of higher education. Although it's a long trek from Juilliard and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (one of Morelli's sometime gigs) to working in a jazz quintet, Morelli's jazz chops are surprisingly keen, and he more than pulls his weight in spite ...read more
by Jack Bowers
What's a sure way to make a pretty good tenor saxophone-led quartet even better? Simple. Invite a second tenor and make sure his name is Houston Person. That's what Denver-based Keith Oxman has done to further enhance his quartet's splendid new album, Two Cigarettes in the Dark, sharing the front line with Person on six of the session's ten tracks. To say that Person brightens every number he's on would be understating the case; as the saying goes, he could ...read more
by Edward Blanco
With the impressive Two Cigarettes in the Dark, Denver-based saxophonist Keith Oxman delivers what is most probably one of the finest albums on the contemporary jazz scene today. Imagine being in a dark room where you see nothing and suddenly two cigarettes are lit; naturally your attention will be focused on the cigarettes and the smoke they produce. On this album, the two burning sticks are Oxman and legendary sax man Houston Person together lighting-up the place. The ...read more
by Douglas Groothuis
Keith Oxman Quartet Nocturne Denver, CO March 10, 2017 Jazz is enjoyment. Lent is denial. Or so it seems. Can the twain meet? Yes, for me. I am observing Lent for the first time in my sixty years. The significance of Lent is clear and compelling. My church has taught and celebrated this eloquently. We set aside what does not give us life and embrace the Cross of Christ and his life. Few are ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Denver saxophonist and bandleader Keith Oxman has released six albums on the Colorado-based Capri label since 1996, most recently Dues In Progress, a combination of six originals and six standards or jazz standards. Oxman has worked with a number of prominent jazz bandleaders including Art Blakey, Max Roach, Sonny Stitt and the Buddy Rich Big Band. The latter group best represents Oxman's current musical preference and arranging skills.
Oxman is joined by renowned trombonist Curtis Fuller, who also ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Listening to music can be a pleasant experience, and Keith Oxman serves up just the right recipe on Dues In Progress, his sixth album. Trombonist Curtis Fuller contributes one track, the happy, snappy, Latin zinger Cap'n Kidd," and the other members of the band chip in with some fine performances. At the end of it all, the listener can breathe a sigh of high satisfaction.
Oxman, who wrote six of the tunes, leans towards bop, but he also throws in ...read more
by Jim Santella
Keith Oxman's straight-ahead sextet interprets this program of standards and original compositions with a veteran's touch. Trumpeter Marcus Hampton sits in for C.H.O.C., oboist Peter Cooper for Darn That Dream. With his cohesive ensemble in sync, the tenor saxophonist delivers a clear message.
Keith Oxman is from Denver. His thirty years' experience in the jazz world includes an extensive stint with the Buddy Rich Big Band. His Dues in Progress reflects the same kind of soulful swing that ...read more