Mystic Lane, 2005, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Kool
O’s Notes: Octobop brings back the West Coast Jazz that was popular in the 1950s. They are a large ensemble sans piano with vibes and brass. Their music is both orchestrated and improvised to arrive at a cool structured sound that is not too busy. Octobop performs arrangements from the big names of this era including Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Giuffre and Shorty Rogers. They successfully recreate the spirit (warm and mellow) of the music on After Dark.