Published since 2002
Noble maintains a fat, supple, and soulful tone on tenor and alto saxophone and a sharply dissonant sound on soprano saxophone, and while I can hear his roots in Coleman Hawkins, David Murray, and David S. Ware, he has very much his own signature. Cline's percussive piano style seems rooted in both Cecil Taylor and those moments when Chucho Valdez "goes Cecil" and plays the riotously dissonant forms of son montuno. Cline and Noble together are consistently alert to the surprising transitions in the complex, polyrhythmic workouts that Noble composes. The energy level cascading from their inspired collaboration borders on overwhelming.
"Dark Nebula," a pensive ballad which gives solo space to Huergo, is a relatively pastoral spot in this rich tropical storm of an album. I could imagine it as part of a Sun Ra tribute concert in Cuba.
Enclave gets my vote for the best jazz CD of the year. It's fun and intellectually challenging, flawlessly performed yet marked by a spontaneous elan. Best of all, this kind of free jazz/Latin jazz synthesis promises to open doors to other artists aiming for something other than recycled Machito.
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Track Listing: Cha-Nando; Viva Friere; Dragon Slayer; You'd Be Nice to Come Home To; Eleven Ruminations; Once Eleven; Dark Nebula; Comfort Zone; Rumbanations.
Personnel: Hilary Noble: tenor, sprano and alto saxophones, flute, percussion, Rebecca Cline: piano, Fernando Huergo: electric bass, Steve Langone: drums.
Record Label: Zoho Music
Style: Modern Jazz
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