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Octobop: Live @ Savanna Jazz

Read "Live @ Savanna Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Having recorded half a dozen creditable albums in studio settings, saxophonist Geoff Roach's central California-based ensemble Octobop has added something new and exciting on No. 7--a hip and enthusiastic audience. Live @ Savanna Jazz was recorded in January 2018 at the nightspot which bears that name in San Carlos, CA. “I've always thought the band was ...

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Octobop: . . .Out of Nowhere

Read ". . .Out of Nowhere" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With Octobop, what you see (and hear) is what you get: “octo," as in octet, and “bop," as in swinging, straight-from-the-shoulder jazz as practiced by the legendary masters who rewrote the music's vocabulary in the '40s, '50s and '60s. Saxophonist and prime mover Geoff Roach leads the California-based group on its sixth CD, Out of Nowhere, ...

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Octobop: Very Early

Read "Very Early" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Why can't they make albums like this anymore? A few words that might best describe this project could be: West Coast Jazz both joyous and swinging. The group's leader, reedman Geoff Roach, puts the Octobop musical mission in total perspective. Roach has always been enamored of the mid-sized West Coast bands of Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich ...

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Octobop: Very Early

Read "Very Early" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

What's cool about Octobop, besides the band's clever name and conception, is the beautifully retro nature of its music.

An octet is the middle child, in between a small combo and a big band. Smaller groups have long been a favorite format of arrangers and Very Early is very much an arranger's collection. ...

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Octobop: Very Early

Read "Very Early" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I received a copy of Octobop's fourth CD, Very Early, very late--well past its actual release date--but better late than never, as saxophonist Geoff Roach's urbane northern California-based ensemble does its usual splendid job of reawakening and perpetuating the cool sounds of West Coast Jazz from the '50s, '60s and beyond.

This time, the octet has ...

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Octobop: After Dark

Read "After Dark" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In spite of all that has been written and said about it, West Coast jazz in the '50s and '60s wasn't really “cool"--no more so than what was being played on the East Coast or in the heartland--but it did have a certain indefinable quality that set it apart. I'd say it was more “hip" than ...

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Octobop: Night Lights

Read "Night Lights" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As it says in the liner notes to Night Lights, “West Coast Jazz rides again.” Not quite as high as it did in the ‘50s and ‘60s, but one must give due credit to Silicon Valley’s Octobop for helping to enliven and preserve the spirit of some of the greatest Jazz ever written or played. Yes, ...