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The Fictive Five: Anything Is Possible

Read "Anything Is Possible" reviewed by John Sharpe

Anything Is Possible constitutes the second release from a quintet first convened by San Francisco-based reedman Larry Ochs for his 2013 residency at The Stone in New York. Following that successful summit, and perhaps not unrelated, the pairing of trumpeter Nate Wooley and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, players as at home in extemporized form as in adventurous timbral innovation, has also featured on saxophonist Dave Rempis' From Wolves To Whales (Aerophonic, 2014), and on On Parade In Parede (Clean Feed, 2017) ...

ALBUM REVIEW

The Fictive Five: Anything Is Possible

Read "Anything Is Possible" reviewed by Don Phipps

The music of Larry Ochs's The Fictive Five's Anything Is Possible reminds one of a Rubik's cube, with every twist and turn encouraging more twists and turns, promising a resolution that seems just beyond reach. Ochs and his bandmates use an incredible diversity of sound ranges, rhythms, tones, and electronic effects to fashion their abstractions. At times the music suggests hot red volcanic lava crashing upward against a dark night sky. But these crashes are not purely random. Instead they ...


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