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Spring 2017 CD releases from Clean Feed and Rogue Art

Feb 20, 2017

Once upon a time I ran a record label called Metalanguage with guitarist Henry Kaiser, and for that brief time-span (1978-85, plus a few CD releases more recently), I had total control over the process of producing a CD. But working as a guest artist with a label can be very... Read more

Mining Songs From The Wild Cave

Feb 03, 2017

In spring 2014, I received an email from Alban Jacques in Toulouse, France. He had recently explored a “privately owned cave” near Toulouse at the invitation of the owner, a cave that held some 150 prehistoric man-made cave paintings. Would I be interested to record... Read more

Ochs – Nels Cline – Gerald Cleaver play 4 concerts plus...

Dec 31, 2016

December 8-11 was a musical high note for me. First I got to play 3 concerts with Cline and Cleaver for at least one long set each night. Read more

Rova's homage to Butch Morris — No Favorites! — release by New World on CD

Nov 08, 2016

Rova and the 2015 version of Orkestrova recorded a CD’s worth of music at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley on July 1, two days after a fantastic concert in San Francisco. Orkestrova 2015 – a power trio, string quartet and Rova, all playing together – recorded three long pieces... Read more

Latest Release

Rova :: Orkestrova: No Favorites! for Lawrence 'Butch' Morris

New World 80782 (2016)  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