29 June 2008

Rova Live - Unreleased Works from Live Recordings

The Rova Saxophone Quartet is a San Francisco-based saxophone quartet formed in October 1977 at the same time as their "less adventurous" but better known colleagues the World Saxophone Quartet. The name "Rova" is an acronym formed from the last initials of the founding members: Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Andrew Voigt and Bruce Ackley. 

Rova has become an important leader in the movement of genre-bending music that has its roots in post-bop free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music as well as traditional and popular styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.[citation needed] While much of Rova's music is composed by its members, the group has also collaborated with and commissioned new works. Since its founding, Rova has released over two dozen recordings of original music.

 In noting Rova's role in developing the all-saxophone ensemble as "a regular and conceptually wide-ranging unit," The Penguin Guide to Jazz calls its music "a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds" created by "deliberately eschewing conventional notions about swing [and] prodding at the boundaries of sound and space..." Likewise Jazz: The Rough Guide notes, "Highly inventive, eclectic and willing to experiment, Rova [is] arguably the most exciting of the saxophone quartets to emerge in the format's late '70s boom."

They have collaborated with many musicians and composers, including Terry Riley (Chanting the Light of Foresight), Fred Frith (Freedom in Fragments), Annie Gosfield, John Zorn and Alvin Curran.


[MP3, Flacs, scans AFTER EUROCUP]


gsrbrts2 said...
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centrifuge said...

thanks a lot for this, i'm off to listen it... just after those frank lowes :)

zonoor said...

Thanks man, Rova is great!

centrifuge said...

yes, i enjoyed this, or at least i did the bits i wasn't treating as background music ;-) didn't work too well as wallpaper. i had to go back and listen to the gino robair piece again... the raskin original is amusing - that it should be called "a case of mistaken identity", i mean, since i imagine a fair few people would peg it as a tim berne comp... no idea if that's what j.r. had in mind (the effect only really lasts during the first half anyway)

serviceton said...

ROVA, will of course, not be "black and fiery" enough for the tastes of all who come to this place...
But nevermind. Good to see zonoor and centrifuge enjoying it anyway! And thanks to gsrbrts2 for putting it up. A name missing from the "collaborations" list above is of course, 'A. Braxton' - but I believe the likes of centrifuge just *might* be aware of that already...

'Saxophone Diplomacy' dates back to a 1983 tour by ROVA deep behind the iron curtain: - USSR, Latvia & Ceausescu's Romania. It was issued on HatArt, and has some great music making.

Forgot to put the coverscans in the RAR.
You can get the scans only here
Put on Mediafire so you don't have to "use a life" on Rapidshare for a 496KB download if you're a free user.

serviceton said...

. . . AND - a link for the i-pod generation...


covers are included in this mp3 package

Discobole said...

["less adventurous" but better known colleagues the World Saxophone Quartet.] Quote.
Have you heard "Point of no return?".
It is what it says.
if that's not adventurous....