Octave Inc is the creation of saxophonist Michael Slater. An accomplished jazz saxophonist from Nashville, Tennessee, Slater’s sound has been described as a “sleazy saxophone ghost...taken straight from the Clarence Clemons songbook” (Mess+Noise). Most known for his work with Shining Bird, Ernest Ellis and studio project Rain King, Slater’s jazz quintet is the culmination of the variety of genres he has been part of.
The quintet can be described as a genre bending wall of sound, though swaying in the direction of free form jazz. They explore various areas of music, centering on jazz fusion and pop. The band brings a killer sound to the stage – it’s alive and enthralling music. Never sounding the same way twice, Octave Inc’s music is an organic, evolving soundscape.
In 2016, the band released their first recorded EP titled ‘Dancer’. In early 2018, Octave Inc released their second EP, ‘Flightpath of the Sky Queen’. The band has wrapped on their first full length, self titled album, out now!
"Throughout the new album, the band navigate a variety of sonic territories to create a boundless brand of music. It pulls in myriad directions, and never sits in one place for too long. The result is a dynamic listening experience that we guarantee you’ll quickly get hooked on." -Happy Mag
"...and that’s the real beauty of the album - when it leisurely takes a stroll, or it pushes Jimmy Hendrix into the jazz orbit - Slater and his A-Team find ways of enjoying themselves without hurtling the music toward the outer limits. This is pure musical variety wrapped in an accessible musical language that basically works for both sides of the fence" -Jazz and Beyond
"Octave Inc have a very balanced, full-bodied, meaty sound, with ‘soft’ touches here and there; they play a lot with space, adding ambient elements to the ‘fusion’ mix." -Australian Jazz
Octave Inc is Michael Slater (saxophone), Andrew Jeon (guitar), Jesse Nguyen (keys), Mitchell King (bass) and Riccardo Quirke (drums).