Saxophonist/composer Roxy Coss migrated east ten years ago from her native Seattle, seeking a life and career in jazz in New York City. That time has seen her develop a strong and focused voice both as a musician and as an advocate and activist for female artists in America's quintessential art form.
Coss gained international recognition touring with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, shedding light on her past two releases, Restless Idealism (Origin,2016), and Chasing the Unicorn (Posi- Tone, 2017). On her new release The Future is Female (Posi- Tone, 2018), Coss uses her activism to inspire 10 compositions, performed with her touring quintet that includes front line partner, guitarist Alex Wintz.
Coss was raised in perhaps the most liberal and socially aware city in America, by parents who are both noted artists. Her upbringing in Seattle, and her family environment gave her a keen sense of social responsibility, a dedication to artful expressionism, and a vision to ultimately blend the two. "I had a musical family background, an artistic background, amazing programs, and a feminist family, " recalls Coss.
The Future is Female arrives in concert with the #MeToo movement that is changing the social dynamic in America in terms of gender equity and justice. While the social narrative is compelling, and extremely important, it must be stated that musically, Coss has found a very unique and personal sound steeped in the tradition of the post bop masters that have preceded her, such as Joe Henderson and Charlie Rouse. This record is a progression forward for her in purely musical terms as well as sociological significance.
more here: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/the-future-is-female-roxy-coss-posi-tone-records-review-by-paul-rauch.php
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