Mystic Lane, 2003, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: Octobop is an octet that has resurrected the cool West Coast jazz sound. The band has a warm brass section that really swings. It’s big band sound in a smaller package – it allows each of the member to step forward. The leader is Geoff Roach who plays baritone, bass and alto sax. The title is a replication of one of Gerry Mulligan’s albums and much of the music here was written and arranged by Gerry. It doesn’t take long for you to start snapping your fingers or bobbing your head. The cool swing element is well rooted in each song.