The Sax & Drumming Core weaves roots music, attention to form

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Larry Ochs‘ Sax & Drumming Core is reviewed.

As a band concept, two drummers and a saxophonist might sound like a formula for wild free jazz wailing. But in the hands of Larry Ochs, the Sax & Drumming Core combines a love of visceral roots music with rigorous attention to form.

Best known as a founding member of ROVA Saxophone Quartet, a San Francisco Bay Area-based institution with a three-decade track record of innovative improvisational strategies, Ochs decided several years ago that he wanted to work in a drum-laden context.

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