How to build cool is not so much a science but an art! The foundation is the concept, what makes it happen is the artists, what makes it all work is the inner "feel." In total, this all has to be communicated to the audience which dictates the success of the process. Geoff Roach and his select band of masters as a whole are Octobop introducing their Mystic Lane 2007 release Very Early which accomplishes all the above and more. Very Early is eclectic cool with a diversified attitude!
This 2006 release pushes the limits of interpretation without compromising the high standards of the original masters. This spin never confuses or loses its audience. In fact, Roach makes a grand effort to bring the listeners into the groove, thus embracing their value to the disc's success.
If one is not familiar with the West Coast Jazz style from the early 50s through the 70s, they will be after a number of spins. This disc has that moment in time down and with wonderful variations in the arrangements to add a new dimension. This is music for any mood, any time, for anyone who appreciates the pure Jazz experience!
Pre-Katrina, Roach in 2000 scribed "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" so appropriate is the message now. For those of us who experienced New Orleans, frequented it, and just adored it, this cut brings the flavor of French Quarter back full circle. The vibes of Bill Hazzard just address the sensitivity of the city along with the strings of Jack Conway, a great mix.
This effort performed by eight very strong artists is simply jazz in one of its finest spins. Octobop is a diverse and innovative mix of masterful musical concepts, like a stallion, let them run wild for wherever they go it’s all free and pure cool!