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Octobop: Live @ Savanna Jazz

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Octobop: . . .Out of Nowhere

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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, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

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Dave Brubeck wasn't really a big-band kinda guy; in fact, he was seldom seen in groups larger than four or five. On the other hand, he was an extraordinary musician, one whose influence will no doubt be felt for generations to come. Brubeck, who remained active almost to the end of his life, died December 5 ...

West Coast Jazz

Read "West Coast Jazz" reviewed by Geoff Roach

"West Coast Jazz"? is one of those musical terms that causes controversy. Largely dismissed at the time by critics in New York, the musicians, arrangers, composers, producers and labels associated with West Coast Jazz have profoundly influenced the music we listen to today.

Start with Miles Davis' The Birth of the Cool. Although released ...

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Phil Woods: Groovin' to Marty Paich

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What a difference 45 years makes. But 45 years don't change a thing. If this sounds like an obvious conflict, you should listen to Phil Woods and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra play twelve classic arrangements by Marty Paich. Paich is one of the unsung heroes of music as a pianist, composer, and arranger. Phil Woods ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ PRIMER

Cool Thoughts on West Coast Jazz

Read "Cool Thoughts on West Coast Jazz" reviewed by Geoff Roach

"During the last half-century, New York's preeminence in the jazz world has faced a serious challenge only once. For a brief period following World War II, California captured the imagination of jazz fans around the world. “West Coast jazz" suddenly became a catchword, a fad, a new thing." ~ Ted Gioia , Author of West Coast ...