ROVA
Totally Spinning

[Black Saint, www.blacksaint.com]

It's been a while since I'd immersed myself in the music of Rova Saxophone Quartet, or Rova, for those who prefer a shorter format. "The Works" series for Black Saint from early 90's along with their interpretation of Terry Riley on "Chanting the Light of Foresight" [New Albion] and even their live dates in Russia "Saxophone Diplomacy" [hathut] were all top notch releases. I felt Figure 8's [which was basically Rova x 4] "Pipe Dreams" release [Black Saint] was a strong point on record, as well as in a live setting. How could they peak from a peak, so to speak? Is there any way they could get even higher than the places they already travelled to? Maybe not, but I'm happy to report, they're still able to maintain their usual, highest standards of music creation. Oddly enough, their latest release was actually recorded exactly a decade ago in California. Line up has not changed one bit. Larry Ochs still plays tenor and sopranino saxes, Jon Raskin plays the baritone, Bruce Ackley plays the soprano, while Steve Adams is still heard on alto and sopranino. Their music is still the same mixture of intricately written and infinitely improvised phrases. The soloing is all powerful, though they do have moments when tender, haunting themes arrive at the scene. It's the brief numbers - such as the speed-of-light soloing on Fred Frith's "Kick It" or the mesmerizing tranquility of "Radar 11/19/01" - that hold the most force. The less time they have, the more succinct they're forced to be. That doesn't necessarily mean that on the longer numbers such as "It's a Journey, Not a Destination", Rova gets too loose. It's just that I strongly feel they meander less into various side roads when they limit themselves in terms of time. Terrific soloing is heard throughout - especially wild solos are evident from Ochs and Raskin, while Ackley and Adams provide the choral section. As with every Rova record, every time you re-visit it, there are new lands to discover, new places to take your ears on. Why the decision was made to wait this long in releasing these tapes is beyond me but let's be fair, as with anything in life, the wait was well worth it.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Gigolo Showcase No. 9
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+ Joseph Holbrooke Trio - The Moat Recordings
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+ OWL XOUNDS EXPLODING GALAXY - The Myth of Time - An Elastic Experience
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+ IRENE SCHWEIZER - First Choice - Piano Solo KKL Luzern
+ THE NECKS - Chemist
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+ HENRIK RYLANDER - Formation
+ MICHAEL MARCUS TRIO - Soulifications / THE COSMOSAMATICS - Magnitudes
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+ ERNEST DAWKINS' NEW HORIZONS ENSEMBLE - The Messenger - Live at the Original Velvet Lounge CD / DVD
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+ MUMMER - SoulOrganismState
+ JOHN PEEL AND SHEILA - The Pig's Big 78s - A Beginner's Guide
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