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Rova retrospective In NY at The Stone and Le Poisson Rouge January 2016

Nov 28, 2015

Rova plays in New York City from January 17-24. January 19-24: Rova in residence at The Stone. A selective retrospective for the first 38 years of Rova music, featuring compositions and commissions spanning the years 1979 to 2015. January 17: Channeling Coltrane at LPR: Rova's Electric… Read more

Rova Channeling Coltrane on January 17 at Le Poisson Rouge

Nov 28, 2015

Rova Sax Quartet performs in NY from January 17-24, 2016. Rova will be Channeling Coltrane at Le Poisson Rouge on January 17, and then presenting a 12-set retrospective at The Stone from January 19-24. Taken all together: a fantastic spotlight on this Bay Area band’s work over the… Read more

The Fictive Five – A first review of the October 30 release on Tzadik

Oct 12, 2015

The Fictive Five recorded four Ochs’ compositions at Eastside Sound in New York this past December 2014. The Big Ears at Tzadik loved the mix. As a result, the CD’s release date is October 30, 2015! Details on this recording, including extensive notes not available on the actual… Read more

Review of the "Throne" on Freejazzblog

Sep 20, 2015

This album may be part of my top-10 of sax-drums duos, together with Vandermark and Nilssen-Love, McPhee and Zerang, Eskelin and Hemingway, Hubback and Peijnenburg, Carrier and Lambert, Gratkowski and Drake, Gjerstad and Bennink, Fisch and Wolfarth, Trovesi and Centazzo (taking into… Read more

Latest Release

Larry Ochs: The Fictive Five

Tzadik (October 30, 2015)  Read more..

Commendation Quotes

 Rova, with its inspired Orkestrova, engages Coltrane's uncompromising compositional attitude and boundaries, pushing with its own sense of informed and masterful improvisation. This marrying of great minds and souls is what makes Electric Ascension such a great triumph. This time Coltrane's music not only heats the nearby atmosphere but also chills out your mind.  

In the end we hear great things, the art of three excellent improvisors forming a synergy that ranks with some of the best such outings in recent years. It is fascinating and ever-moving. This is real-deal freedom! Read more..
— Greg Applegate Edwards, blog

 Ochs’s long welcoming speech on (the Sax & Drumming Core piece) ‘Across from Over’ is one of the best available representations on record of his remarkable post-post-Coltrane style, an ironclad line that ripples with harmonic potential.  

— The Penguin Jazz Guide
As a finale in this altogether bracing set, the finest set I happened to catch in the New Music Series' history, what Mr. Ochs called "a piece for Muddy Waters" was built on scattered gestures and overtones, gusting sounds, and tones bleeding through the horn, while Mr. Robinson's drums dealt eloquent cathartic bliss. Read more..
— Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News Press