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Roxy Coss: Chasing the Unicorn

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The title of the third, and latest release of New York based saxophonist Roxy Coss, Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017), enables a vision that all artists embrace-that elusive and mythical state of total expression attained by only an elite few, that which not only presents beauty and passion to the universe, but is integrated into the social and spiritual dynamic of the culture it embraces. The pursuit in itself is where sounds, sights, and emotions are gathered to create true ...

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Roxy Coss: Restless Idealism

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Roxy Coss was inspired to name the second album as leader of her own group Restless Idealism after reading a passage by Hunter S. Thompson in The Rum Diary, in which he weighs the tension between “a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other." While Coss, as a working musician, has wrestled with both sides of that equation, she weighs anchor essentially on the shore of idealism, a point of view that is ...

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Roxy Coss: Restless Idealism

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Upcoming saxophonist Roxy Coss opens her splendid Origin Records debut, Restless Idealism with a traditional approach on her original tune, “Don't Cross the Coss." It's a happy and assertive sound, and when she takes her first solo, her and robust tone bring Coleman Hawkins comes to mind. Coss and her band, churning along on a well-lubricated drive train of a terrific rhythm section, know how to open a show--feet are tapping and select members of the audience are pondering getting ...

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Roxy Coss: Roxy Coss

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Nothing can prepare the ear and the heart for the voice of Roxy Coss, if heard for the first time. The raw beauty of her principal instrument, the tenor saxophone, is expressed in moist, hot gushes of breath. The cascades of notes that dapple her soli weave in and out of her exuberant melodies. She has a darting intellect that arms her playing to the teeth. As a result, she is able to find the right notes, then, as if ...

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Roxy Coss: Roxy Coss

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There is no question that women musicians have, and continue to play, a major role in jazz--from composers and band leaders such as Maria Schneider to renowned pianist Marian McPartland,--but few make their mark as saxophonists. Roxy Coss is a New York-based saxophonist who, with her self-titled debut, joins the likes of Anat Cohen, Mary Fettig, Tia Fuller, and Karolina Strassmayer, as a saxophone voice with which to be reckoned. On her debut, Coss--on tenor and soprano saxophones, as well ...

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Roxy Coss: Roxy Coss

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With the exception of a few instrumentalists like pianist Mary Lou Williams, 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, pianist Hiromi, drummer Cindy Blackman and saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen are just a few examples of the quality of female jazz musicians today. Newcomer Roxy Coss should be consider for inclusion in that list.

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Roxy Coss Quintet at Cecil's Jazz Club

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Roxy Coss QuintetCecil's Jazz ClubWest Orange, NJJuly 23, 2010 During her April 2008 senior recital at William Paterson University, Roxy Coss was the epitome of an enterprising collegiate jazz musician. In addition to two of her own pieces, Coss presented material by composers ranging from the indie rock group Modest Mouse, to J.S. Bach, to John Coltrane. She employed various combinations of a seven piece band, and displayed an impressive command of the tenor, ...

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Saxophonist/Flutist Roxy Coss at William Paterson U., New Jersey

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Roxy Coss William Paterson University Wayne, New Jersey April 7, 2008

“I wanted to show you all of the different music I like," said Roxy Coss, after remarking that she doesn't talk very much on stage. The absence of between-songs patter didn't matter because Coss's talents as an instrumentalist (tenor sax, soprano sax, and flute), arranger, and bandleader spoke for themselves. In many ways Coss's Senior Recital was a jazz fan's dream: the opportunity ...


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