Ochs, Larry / Sax & Drumming Core / Up From Under
Album: Up From Under   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ochs, Larry / Sax & Drumming Core   Added:Oct 2007
Label:Atavistic/Truckstop Audio  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-11-25 Pull Date: 2008-01-27 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jan 27 Jan 6 Dec 23 Dec 9 Dec 2
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Recent Airplay
1. Dec 02, 2012: Jazz Iz and Den Some
4. Jun 13, 2008: Memory Select
Up From Under
2. Apr 08, 2010: Memory Select
Dragons Fly
5. Feb 01, 2008: Memory Select
3. May 15, 2009: Memory Select
Up From Under
6. Jan 25, 2008: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2007-11-23
Saxophone and two drummers, playing free jazz that often deals a deft, subtle hand but can also get crazy. You get some nicely blazing free jazz but lots of long, thoughtful passages too.

The drummers, Scott Amendola and Donald Robinson, do a great job creating an interwoven sound without creating a big crashing mess. Larry Ochs on sax is the lead voice, spinning free-form melodies mixed in with some downright cool sax tricks.

These pieces aren't purely improvised but are compositions by Ochs (one co-written with Amendola).

1- Brash midtempo, tumbling and aggressive from the start. Cools down later but stays edgy.
2- An almost mournful melody, sparse and a bit Balkan-influenced. Delicate drumming w/brushes, very nice.
3- Softly declarative. Lots of quiet snare, and sharply buzzy sax chirping. Brash later but stays spacious.
4- The catchy, energetic one. Starts with a jazzy sad melody w/Persian exotic touch. After 4 minutes, second half gets into a driven fast beat and a blazing ending.
5- Softly urgent, tense. Mid/fast rhythms. Gets into fast fluttering and tribal pounding.
6- Jazzy: Rolling, snappy, loud. With a soothing drum interlude.
7- Quiet, almost an Asian tone, with soft toms drumming that sounds really cool.
8- A choppy, buzzy, free-jazz flow. Nicely rough-edged, fast/dark. Careens around like an aria, like a storytelling.

Track Listing
1. Up From Under   5. Neonawi
2. Dragons Fly   6. Poporfa
3. X-10   7. X-09
4. And Nothing But...   8. Finn Passes Pluto