Larry Ochs’ Fictive Five

Last seen and heard at Barking Legs in the company of Nels Cline and Gerald Cleaver, saxophonist Larry Ochs returns with an exciting new project.

A founding member of the Rova Sax Quartet, Larry Ochs has worked with many of the greatest musicians in Creative Music—Steve Lacy, Fred Frith, Wadada Leo Smith, Terry Riley, Marilyn Crispell, John Zorn, Nels Cline, Anthony Braxton and countless others. His newest ensemble is an update on the classic New York Contemporary Five and features Larry’s Shepp-tinged tenor sax along with some of the best young players out of New York’s Downtown scene. Ochs is particularly excited by both the ensemble sound and the music, a set of pieces inspired by the works of visual artist William Kentridge and film-makers Wim Wenders and Kelly Reichardt, which he considers to be among his strongest and most successful blendings of composition and improvisation. Fabulous and soulful, The Fictive Five is a tremendous achievement by this West Coast master of surprise!

The band: Harris Eisenstadt, Drums / Ken Filiano, Bass
 / Pascal Niggenkemper, Bass / Nate Wooley, Trumpet Larry Ochs, Compositions, Tenor and Sopranino Saxophones

The band is touring support of a new CD. This is one of the few US gigs they’ve scheduled in advance of a slate of European performances later in the month.

“It breaks new ground while working through the deep roots of Ochs’ conception, invoking Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler to achieve a depth of expression reaching back to New Orleans primitives(according to Jerome Rothenberg, “primitive means complex”) like the Eureka Brass Band.” NYC Jazz Record

“Lovely melodies in an avant setting, with inspired and motivated musicians carrying the music forward with instant and appropriate creations. The crowd loved it, among the most artful and original of the festival.” Irwin Block, Jazz em Agosto Festival Review

Fictive Five on Larry Ochs website