Electric Ascension

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Electric Ascension
Electric Ascension.jpg
Live album by
RecordedFebruary 8, 2003 for KFJC, Los Altos, CA
GenreFree jazz
LabelAtavistic ALP 159
ProducerJon Raskin and Larry Ochs
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Electric Ascension is a live album by Rova::Orchestrova, the Rova Saxophone Quartet along with additional musicians and string players such as Nels Cline, Fred Frith and Ikue Mori, performing an interpretation of John Coltrane's Ascension which was recorded in California in 2003 and released on the Atavistic label in 2005.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Penguin Guide to Jazz"Crown" [2]

The JazzTimes review by Chris Kelsey stated "The music's success owes largely to the structure conceived by Ochs. Leaving such a large group to their own devices can be an invitation to disaster. Ochs averts it by sketching a schematic that structures the improvisation, breaking the ensemble into various groupings and resulting in a variety of sonorities and textures that sensibly unfold".[3] On All About Jazz Kurt Gottschalk noted "Much of this 2003 recording sounds little like Coltrane's original, and much of it is truly great" while Eyal Hareuveni said "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. This time Coltrane's music not only heats the nearby atmosphere but also chills out your mind".[4][5]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz identified the album as part of their suggested "Core Collection" of essential jazz albums and awarded the compilation a "Crown" signifying a recording that the authors "feel a special admiration or affection for".[2][6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Coltrane

  1. - 6:22
  2. - 3:51
  3. - 4:06
  4. - 8:31
  5. - 4:12
  6. - 1:58
  7. - 4:05
  8. - 2:05
  9. - 7:21
  10. - 7:06
  11. - 5:49
  12. - 8:16
  13. - 0:18
  • All tracks are untitled



  1. ^ Atavistic Records discography accessed October 24, 2014
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. "ROVA". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 1243. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ Kelsey, C., JazzTimes Review, July/August 2005
  4. ^ Gottschalk, K., All About Jazz Review, September 23, 2005
  5. ^ Hareuveni, E., All About Jazz Review, August 19, 2005
  6. ^ Penguin Guide to Jazz: Crown Albums List, accessed October 24, 2014