“This is Ascension’s long-waited apotheosis and a masterpiece of the truest kind.”
- Brian Morton, The Wire
“The film of the 2012 Guelph performance is a major event in the documentation of free improvisation….We may hear Ascension more clearly, both as a work of art and as a moment in the history of jazz- as a result of Rova’s efforts.”
- Stuart Broomer, Point of Departure
“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.” AllAboutjazz.com
John Coltrane’s Ascension was called, “…the most powerful human sound ever recorded,” by Bill Mathieu in DownBeat in 1965, and ”the most vexatious work in jazz history,” by jazz critic Gary Giddins; astonishing claims for a piece of music that was only performed twice. Ascension still causes arguments, like much of Coltrane’s post- Love Supreme music. All the more reason to rejoice in Electric Ascension, reincarnated for the 21st century in live performances by the large, all star ensemble Orkestrova. Rova Saxophone Quartet arrangers Larry Ochs and Jon Raskin have cast their Electric Ascension with improvisers weaned on Coltrane and the sonic experiments of the decade that followed his passing. Over the last 12 years, performances in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Lisbon, Paris, Saalfelden, Toronto, and Velz, Austria, have been a revelation; and met with standing ovations and critical acclaim.
Rova Channeling Coltrane, is a duet of films on the Rova Saxophone Quartet’s reincarnation of John Coltrane’s, Ascension.
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