Larry Ochs / Joan Jeanrenaud / Miya Masaoka - "Fly Fly Fly"
[Intakt, www.intaktrec.ch]

Sometimes it's the unusual instrumentation of a record that draws me completely in. "Fly Fly Fly" is one such record. The combination of tenor and sopranino saxes [Larry Ochs], put together with cello [Joan Jeanrenaud] and koto [Miya Masaoka] is one combination that elicits multiple listens. Within the very first minute of the opening piece "Fly Fly Fly", you're not really sure whether this is a jazz, classical or a contemporary record. Which direction is this trio heading in, you ask yourself, as the record moves on? Are they exploring one or more musics within this context? I don't have answers to these questions. I'm only left with audio clues. The first one is simply that all the pieces were composed by saxophonist Larry Ochs. Larry really arrived from a mixed background. While his past is deeply embedded with Rova [and its' various off-shoots such as Rova x 8], it has to be remembered that Rova oftentimes received more recognition and respect from the contemporary field, then from the jazz paradigm itself. Large chunk of the record is the real juxtaposition of Larry's direct but toned down sax blows, with the almost wilting cello - koto combination of Jeanrenaud and Masaoka. I get the feeling that these two are more often than not, interested in the beauty factor of the music at hand. This isn't such as bad thing, as Larry holds this music ceremony firmly grounded. If there's too much beauty, Larry jumps in and fills in with touches and sprinkles of his tenor or sopranino blowing. For the most part, these blows are here reduced to simple whispers. I get the feeling Larry somehow wanted to tone down his playing to accommodate the cello - koto axis. Whatever his reasoning was, it works and works well. I wouldn't for a minute hesitate to recommend "Fly Fly Fly" to anyone from either the jazz, improvised or the contemporary fields. For choice of instrumentation alone, this record gets my highest approval.

Tom Sekowski


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