Larry Ochs (musician)

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Larry Ochs
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Larry Ochs at Jazzfestival Saalfelden in 2009
Background information
Born (1949-05-03) May 3, 1949 (age 69)
New York City
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer, label owner
Instruments Saxophone
Labels Music & Arts, Metalanguage, Black Saint, Atavistic, Rogue Art, Not Two
Associated acts Rova Saxophone Quartet, Glenn Spearman, What We Live, Kihnoua

Larry Ochs (born May 3, 1949 in New York City) is an American jazz saxophonist, co-founder of the Rova Saxophone Quartet and Metalanguage Records.

Ochs studied trumpet briefly but concentrated on tenor and sopranino saxophones. He worked as a record producer and founded his own label, Metalanguage Records in 1978, in addition to operating the Twelve Stars studio in California. He co-founded the Rova Saxophone Quartet and worked in Glenn Spearman's Double Trio. A frequent recipient of commissions, he composed the music for the play Goya's L.A. by Leslie Scalapino in 1994 and for the film Letters Not About Love, which was named best documentary at SXSW in 1998. He has played in a new music trio called Room and the What We Live ensemble. He has recorded several albums as a leader.[1] He formed the group Kihnoua in 2007 with vocalist Dohee Lee and Scott Amendola on drums and electronics,[2] which released Unauthorized Caprices in 2010.[3]

He is married to poet Lyn Hejinian.


  • Hall of Mirrors, Room (Music & Arts, 1992)
  • The Secret Magritte (Black Saint, 1995)
  • The Neon Truth (Black Saint, 2002)
  • Fly Fly Fly (Intakt, 2004) with Joan Jeanrenaud, Miya Masaoka
  • Out Trios Vol.5: Up from Under (Atavistic, 2007)
  • The Mirror World (Metalanguage, 2007)
  • Spiller Alley (Rogue Art, 2008)
  • Stone Shift (Rogue Art, 2009)
  • We All Feel the Same Way, Jones Jones (SoLyd, 2009)
  • Unauthorized Caprices (Not Two, 2010)[3]
  • The Throne (Not Two, 2014) with Don Robinson
  • The Fictive Five (Tzadik, 2015)

With Rova Saxophone Quartet

  • 1978 The Bay
  • 1981 As Was
  • 1979 Daredevils
  • 1979 The Removal of Secrecy
  • 1979 This, This, This, This
  • 1978 Cinema Rovaté
  • 1987 Beat Kennel
  • 1984 Favorite Street
  • 1983 Saxophone Diplomacy: Live in Russia, Latvia, Romania
  • 1991 Long on Logic
  • 1989 Electric Rags II
  • 1989 This Time We Are Both
  • 1992 From the Bureau of Both
  • 1994 Terry Riley: Chanting the Light of Foresight
  • 1995 The Crowd
  • 1995 John Coltrane's Ascension
  • 1996 Ptow!!
  • 1998 Morphological Echo
  • 1998 Bingo
  • 2003 Resistance
  • 2005 Electric Ascension
  • 2006 Totally Spinning
  • 2012 A Short History[4]

With Glenn Spearman

With Fred Frith and Maybe Monday

With Dave Rempis and Darren Johnston


  1. ^ Lane, Joslyn. Larry Ochs at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kihnoua Introduction Archived 2011-08-16 at the Wayback Machine.. Larry Ochs website.
  3. ^ a b Horton, Lyn (October 17, 2010). "Kihnoua - Unauthorized Caprices, Not Two". Jazz Times.
  4. ^ "Larry Ochs | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 

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