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Rova Saxophone Quartet

The Rova Saxophone Quartet was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in October 1977 by Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Andrew Voigt and Bruce Ackley. The ensemble performed its first concert at the 3rd Annual Free Music Festival at Mills College in Oakland, California, in February 1978. Inspired by a broad spectrum of musical influences-from Charles Ives, Edgard Varese, Olivier Messiaen and John Cage to John Coltrane, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy and Ornette Coleman-Rova began writing new material, touring, recording (its first album Cinema Rovaté was released on Ochs' Metalanguage label) and collaborating with such like-minded colleagues as guitarist Henry Kaiser and Italian percussionist Andrea Centazzo

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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 ...

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Jones Jones: A Jones In Time Saves Nine

Read "A Jones In Time Saves Nine" reviewed by John Sharpe

Over a decade in existence and the free jazz trio Jones Jones has just dropped its third album. That's not exactly prolific, but may well be an accurate reflection of the challenge implicit in bringing together colleagues separated by the 5795 miles between reedman Larry Ochs and bassist Mark Dresser in California, and percussionist Vladimir Tarasov ...

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Part 1 | Part 2 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 17-18, 2018 Keeping a middle-aged festival such as the Festival International de Musique Actualle de Victoriaville fresh and relevant is a challenge, but the program for this year's 34th edition of FIMAV assembled by ...

Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Staples; Swishes; Sops; Snaps; Dreams; Clichés; Sidelines.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz  Festival 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival Vilnius, Lithuania November 15-19, 2017 Introduction Although a going concern since 2002, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival doesn't possess the high profile internationally that its longevity might suggest. Set amid the baroque beauty of the Lithuanian capital, in an assortment of venues, the festival has brought together ...

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Rova Saxophone Quartet: Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited

Read "Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you own a copy of the original Saxophone Special (Emanem, 1975), flip the LP over to view a photocopy of Steve Lacy's original notebook (with spiral binding) score of the compositions “Staples," “Swishes," and “Snaps." This is all music he performed at Wigmore Hall in London in December 1974 in a saxophone quartet that included ...

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Andrew Vogt: For Free

Read "For Free" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Andrew Vogt, da non confondere col quasi omonimo Andrew Voigt, membro fondatore del glorioso Rova Saxophone Quartet, è un bassista dell'area di Chicago con frequentazioni anche illustri (Ernie Watts, Donny McCaslin, Stevie Wonder, Nate Watts) che nel febbraio 2016 ha registrato questo breve CD (trentatré minuti: lui lo cataloga addirittura come EP) che costituisce la prima ...

Electric Ascension

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2016
Track listing: Disc 1 (DVD): Electric Ascension; Cleaning The Mirror; Disc 2 (Blu-Ray): Electric Ascension; Disc 3 (CD): Electric Ascension.

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The Ganelin Trio: Creative Tensions

Read "The Ganelin Trio: Creative Tensions" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Imagine a time, not so very long ago, when a foreign Jazz/Improvising Trio created such a stir in Britain that they made the TV news! Imagine the national newspapers queuing round the block for interviews. And imagine London's Bloomsbury Theatre filled with musicians, journalists and arts administrators--not to mention the odd, very odd, raincoated spook.


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