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Roxy Coss: Quintet

Read "Quintet" reviewed by Paul Rauch

At times, saxophonist Roxy Coss can appear to be a whirlwind. Over the past decade, Coss has firmly established herself as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and activist. She has toured extensively, most notably with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. She founded Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO) to combat misogyny in jazz culture, and create gender equity in terms of opportunity and community. With the release of her new album, Quintet (Outside In Music, 2019), she has now authored five recordings under her ...

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Roxy Coss: The Future is Female

Read "The Future is Female" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Saxophonist/composer Roxy Coss migrated east ten years ago from her native Seattle, seeking a life and career in jazz in New York City. That time has seen her develop a strong and focused voice both as a musician and as an advocate and activist for female artists in America's quintessential art form. Coss gained international recognition touring with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, shedding light on her past two releases, Restless Idealism (Origin,2016), and Chasing the Unicorn (Posi- Tone, 2017). ...

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Roxy Coss: Standing Out

Read "Roxy Coss: Standing Out" reviewed by Paul Rauch

All About Jazz: You have recently released a new CD, Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017), just a year after the release of Restless Idealism (Origin, 2016). Albums are like a snapshot of a timeframe, how has that musical image changed in a year? Roxy Coss: More back story is it was recorded more than a year apart, even though they were released a year apart, so there was actually more time between recordings, almost two years. When I ...

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Roxy Coss: Chasing the Unicorn

Read "Chasing the Unicorn" reviewed by Paul Rauch

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

Read "Restless Idealism" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Roxy Coss: Restless Idealism

Read "Restless Idealism" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Roxy Coss: Roxy Coss

Read "Roxy Coss" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

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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