NOAH PREMINGER, BEFORE THE RAIN

Casting aside any doubt about his ambition and strength as a composer, the young saxophonist Noah Preminger devotes his sophomore recording (and first for the Palmetto label) to the ballad form. The lead track is the beloved standard, “Where Or When,” and Preminger blows low notes with a honeyed edge over a lush rhythm conjured by pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist John Hébert and drummer Matt Wilson, a team of top flight musicians. It lulls you with its lucidity and beauty and it’s the only tune on the album that’s played straight-ahead. Resoundingly modern and memorably moody, Preminger steps up to the plate on tune after tune, gently plying silken notes with full-bodied phrases. His title track is an original, highlighted by Kimbrough’s expansive solo and Preminger’s own whispered evocations. The group’s striking rendering of “Until The Real Thing Comes Along” has a turn-the-lights-down quality and it’ll clear your head after the discordant “Abreaction,” the most caffeinated tune on the album. The recording itself is sumptuous and spot-on, and it pulls you into the music as if Preminger and company are playing exclusively for you. (9 tracks; 50:35 minutes) 
   

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JAZZ IN SPACE: NOAH PREMINGER, BEFORE THE RAIN

Saturday, January 1, 2011

NOAH PREMINGER, BEFORE THE RAIN

Casting aside any doubt about his ambition and strength as a composer, the young saxophonist Noah Preminger devotes his sophomore recording (and first for the Palmetto label) to the ballad form. The lead track is the beloved standard, “Where Or When,” and Preminger blows low notes with a honeyed edge over a lush rhythm conjured by pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist John Hébert and drummer Matt Wilson, a team of top flight musicians. It lulls you with its lucidity and beauty and it’s the only tune on the album that’s played straight-ahead. Resoundingly modern and memorably moody, Preminger steps up to the plate on tune after tune, gently plying silken notes with full-bodied phrases. His title track is an original, highlighted by Kimbrough’s expansive solo and Preminger’s own whispered evocations. The group’s striking rendering of “Until The Real Thing Comes Along” has a turn-the-lights-down quality and it’ll clear your head after the discordant “Abreaction,” the most caffeinated tune on the album. The recording itself is sumptuous and spot-on, and it pulls you into the music as if Preminger and company are playing exclusively for you. (9 tracks; 50:35 minutes) 
   

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