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Album Review

ROVA (Bruce Ackley on soprano, tenor saxophonist Larry Ochs, baritonist Jon Raskin and Andrew Voigt on alto and sopranino) perfectly balances advanced arranged sections with dynamic individual and group improvising on this consistently stimulating set. They perform two Raskin originals, a piece by Voigt, a group improvisation ("Sportspeak") and an early Anthony Braxton work. The results reward repeated listenings by open-minded avant-garde collectors.


Formed: 1977

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The experimental jazz zeitgeist of the 1960s and 1970s made possible any number of unconventional instrumental groupings. The basic horn-piano-bass-drums lineup of the modern jazz era lost its mandate, as more musicians searched for fresh and unusual sonorities. Ornette Coleman's bands did away with the piano; Cecil Taylor's trio with Jimmy Lyons and Sunny Murray eliminated the bass. Musicians associated with the Chicago-based AACM occasionally did away with one or more (or all) elements of the rhythm...
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