February 28, 2005
The Pocket Orchestra were an incredible and, until now, undiscovered “avant progressive” group that came to being in the American southwest in the late ’70s. The sextet started in Phoenix, AZ, and continued to play together into the early 1980s. Known as “The Samla of the Desert”, the group featured the regular “rock” instrumentation with the addition of clarinet, sax and cello. Incredibly complex, fast, and well-played, the only release during the group’s lifetime was a legendary four-song cassette that was not widely distributed.