Noah Howard: Quartet To At Judson Hall - Revisited

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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: Triplefoldowe etui

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By 1966, the first wave of free jazz had established the foundation upon which this radically generated music could be understood and personalized, shared as a communal activity and still invested with significant singular characteristics. Noah Howard and his bandmates represented a second generation, as creative attitudes were expanding.
by Art Lange
Saxophonist Noah Howard is a musician deserving wider recognition. Born in New Orleans in 1943, like many black musicians he began playing music in the church. After a stint in the army, he settled on the West Coast where the avant-garde was progressing outside the purview of New York, which at the time was considered the center of all things jazz. The West Coast was also the origin of such as avant-gardists as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and the saxophonist Sonny Simmons, a musician Howard would associate with before moving to New York and eventually Europe.
Maybe there was not enough room in the '60s for critics to expand their attention beyond the New Thing sounds of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and Ornette Coleman. Lucky for adventurist listeners, the ezz-thetics Revisited Series is drawing greater to attention to deserving musicians such as Howard, Marion Brown, and Joe Harriott with these expertly remastered reissues.
Howard's two ESP Disk releases are presented here. Both were recorded in New York in 1966. The first Quartet finds the saxophonist with two musicians about whom very little is known, the expat-British trumpeter Ric Colbeck and drummer Dave Grant. The quartet's bassist Scotty Holt would later be heard in Jackie McLean's ensembles. The piano-less ensemble is fashioned in the same manner as Ornette Coleman's quartet with Don Cherry, yet it draws more from the styling of Sonny Simmons. Howard employs a bluesy Gospel-like sound here. Oxymoron aside, can we call this accessible free jazz? Certainly.
With At Judson Hall, Howard expands his quartet, adding pianist Dave Burrell, swapping Holt's bass for that of Sirone, plus cellist Catherine Norris, and the evergreen drummer Bobby Kapp, who can be heard in Matthew Shipp's trio. The Judson Hall recording replaces the urgency of Quartet with a more equanimous sound. Credit the influence of this new line-up for expanding Howard's conception. "Homage to Coltrane" is the highlight here. The ensemble ramps up the intensity from its hypnotic rhythms and dreamlike beginning to a feverish and most satisfying conclusion.
By Mark Corroto

Line Up tracks #1-4 (Quartet):
Noah Howard - alto saxophone
Ric Colbeck - trumpet
Scotty Holt - double bass
Dave Grant - percussion

Line Up tracks #5 & 6 (At Judson Hall):
Noah Howard - alto saxophone
Ric Colbeck - trumpet
Dave Burrell - piano
Catherine Norris - cello
Norris "Sirone" Jones - double bass

1. Henry's Street 07:23
2. Apotheosis 06:54
3. Apotheosis Extension I 08:18
4. And About Love 07:05
5. This Place Called Earth 18:36
6. Hommage To Coltrane 18:10

wydano: Apr 30, 2023
nagrano: Tracks 1 to 4 recorded in January 1966, New York City, Tracks 5, 6 reccorded at Judson Hall on October 19, 1966



Noah Howard
Quartet To At Judson Hall - Revisited
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