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Saxophonist Chet Doxas is, like a lot of jazz musicians, a busy man. According to his bio, he has appeared on more than 100 albums and has logged time on stage touring with the Sam Roberts Band, playing with Rufus Wainwright, and sitting it with dozens of other luminaries. And, in recent years, he’s joined forces with the mighty trumpet player Dave Douglas as part of an amazing quartet.
This month, Doxas will be directing his energies toward his own project called Rich In Symbols. A lyrical, electric quartet featuring himself, guitarist Matthew Stevens, drummer Eric Doob, and bassist Zack Lober, the ensemble’s new album takes inspiration from the vibrant New York scene of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s that produced such figures as Keith Haring, Nan Goldin, and Fab 5 Freddy. To that end, they skirt the thin line separating No Wave, early hip-hop, and the post-punk movements that had the streets pulsing with energy and excitement.
Their interest in this world of the recent past extends to the videos they have produced for a couple of the songs from the new album, including the one we’re presenting below. The clip for “Starcrossings” captures the glitchy, denatured beauty of early VHS recordings, the kind that have been dubbed and re-dubbed multiple times, adding a strange artful filter to whatever was being presented.
Check out the video below and for more information on the album, visit the website for Doxas’ label Ropeadope Records.