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The Bay

by Rova Saxophone Quartet
     
 

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It can be difficult to find early recordings of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, so this collaboration between Andrea Centazzo and the members of the quartet is important, at the very least, for a glimpse at how exciting this group could be at a seminal stage in its career. Still performing with unmitigated creativity at the time The Bay was reissued in 2006 as part

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It can be difficult to find early recordings of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, so this collaboration between Andrea Centazzo and the members of the quartet is important, at the very least, for a glimpse at how exciting this group could be at a seminal stage in its career. Still performing with unmitigated creativity at the time The Bay was reissued in 2006 as part of the Ictus Records' 30th Anniversary Collection, Rova has distinguished itself as one of the longest-running jazz influenced groups ever, and one of the most fascinating saxophone quartets, continuing to aggressively and uniquely explore the nooks and crannies of free jazz in ways that are sometimes accessible to those otherwise intimidated by the genre. The collaboration with Centazzo works well, as the percussionist wrote all the pieces, adding a slightly different, though no less radical perspective to the usual sound of the quartet. Though Centazzo often wisely stays out of the way as a percussionist, focusing on color and tonal palettes, his writing makes a substantive contribution, a challenge to the group to follow his written cues. The gently blown long tones of the highly esoteric "Trobarcius" (by far the lengthiest piece on the album) erupt moderately as the percussionist spars, almost statically, with the soprano sax as little sounds hold sway. "O Ce Biel Cisciel da Udin" displays the influence of Italian folk song, with a circus-like march that quickly evolves into a wildly free improvisation with the melody emerging triumphantly at the end. On "The Bay," Larry Ochs masterfully honks his way above some tricky rhythms, leading to a saxophone summit, while on "Carmel Duet," he lets loose in more conventionally radical ways, as Centazzo lends support, after which the sax gently lands. The percussionist comes out fighting on the remarkable "Ready N. 2," with its just right combination of interlocking horns and its snippet of "A Love Supreme," while the somewhat meandering "Ready" follows. The final two tracks did not appear on the earlier CD and LP releases: the intensely swirling "Ready N. 1" and the insane, if short, "Ready N. 3."

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2010
Label:
Ictus Records
UPC:
0875545005892
catalogNumber:
125
Rank:
177833

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rova Saxophone Quartet   Primary Artist,Improvisation
Andrea Centazzo   Percussion
Bruce Ackley   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Larry Ochs   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Raskin   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Andrew Voigt   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Henry Kaiser   Producer
Andrea Centazzo   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Concept,Cover Art,Cover Photo
Dan Kyle   Engineer
Cezary Lerski   Executive Producer

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