Tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger is one of those guys who seemingly appeared out of nowhere, fully-formed, with total command of his instrument--including an admirably rich tone--and lots of great ideas, both compositional and improvisational. Well, that's not totally correct. He did study for years with saxophone great Dave Liebman, and graduated from the New England Conservatory. So he's not exactly from nowhere. But a great education isn't everything, as thousands of folks with great educations will tell you. Interestingly, if Preminger resembles any one saxophonist, it's not Dave Liebman or even his teacher's hero, John Coltrane; it's Joe Lovano. Like ...read more
Tenor saxophone phenomenon Noah Preminger's third release as a leader Haymaker is a uniformly engaging album with a strong poetic sense. The ten uncluttered compositions serve primarily as vehicles for Preminger's intelligent expressions of creative spontaneity as well as those of his highly sympathetic band-mates.On the title track Preminger's melodic and angular monologue evolves like free verse with intriguing flexibility of cadence while maintaining a mellifluous lilt. Together with guitarist Ben Monder's sparse and chiming notes and drummer Colin Stranahan's rumbling beats he builds an atmospheric, three way conversation that is nevertheless intellectually stimulating.This balance of ...read more
Although saxophonist Noah Preminger titled his disc Haymaker, a term denoting a wildly unorthodox punch thrown by a boxer, his third release as a leader (second for Palmetto) is anything but undisciplined. Following Before The Rain (Palmetto, 2011), he reorganizes his quartet and reunites with guitarist Ben Monder from debut sextet session Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records, 2008). The pair share an affinity for disciplined music making and the gifts of musical sprezzatura and a pure tone.Their music fits hand-in-glove throughout. The composition Rhonda's Suite" could be mistaken for another saxophone/guitar pairing, that of Joe Lovano and Bill ...read more
Noah PremingerScullers Jazz ClubBoston, Mass.February 23, 2011 To judge by his sophomore effort, Before the Rain (Palmetto, 2011), tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger's singular forte is the reinvention of the ballad. He does it so well, and so nearly exclusively, that it came as a pleasant surprise, during his performance at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Mass., that there is so much more to him than that (not least his power to surprise), and that he can do so much more, which, essentially, comes down to anything to which he sets his mind. ...read more
Sensitivity and an ear for aural sophistication are the hallmarks of tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger. His eloquent ruminations magnify the context of a tune and he is instinctive enough to keep the emotional context within focus. He showed this in abundance on his debut, Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records, 2008), and he retains all the traits of that outstanding recording on this project as well. Preminger has pared his group to a quartet, a move that strengthens the intimacy of the music. Ballads are the mainstay of the CD, starting with the glowing standard Where Or When." His ...read more
How do you follow up one of the finest debut jazz albums of the new millennium? For saxophonist Noah Preminger, you pair down the sextet heard on Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records, 2008) and display more of your own sound.The twenty-something saxophonist returns with bassist John Hébert and pianist Frank Kimbrough on his Palmetto Records debut, Before The Rain (maybe a play on John Coltrane's After The Rain"), along with everyone's favorite drummer, Matt Wilson. The quartet gambles the entire session here, playing mostly patient ballad, but with such strong players the risk pays off, with a rich ...read more
Readers and theatre-goers probably found Anton Chekhov disquieting when they first encountered his work at the turn of the twentieth century. Here was a guy who used nineteenth-century materials--the bourgeois drawing room, issues of social class, well-behaved prose--to depict what would become emblematic twentieth-century themes: psychology, anomie, the little heart breaks of daily life.Wunderkind Noah Preminger's will provide a similar kind of temporal displacement for listeners. Just as with Chekhov, there is a tension between the musical materials--a delightful group sound that would not be out of place in recordings from decades past--and the austere rigor of the ...read more
It is quite rare to confront such a mature and convincing statement by a 22-year-old musician, but the debut release of Boston-based graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger is such a rare gem. Preminger's musical vision encompasses impressions of left-of-center cerebral sax heroes such as Steve Lacy and Warne Marsh, well-articulated and sophisticated original compositions and a confident command. He also managed to cast excellent and experienced players for his group--Russ Johnson on trumpet, Ben Monder on guitar, Frank Kimbrough on piano, John Herbert on bass and Ted Poor on drums.Preminger's ...read more
Noah Preminger Smalls New York, New York September 4, 2008
I see the scene in black and white. It’s not the glitterati, but it is a cultured New York crowd, couples and pairs of people sitting at the bar and chatting away. There is an air about the room, a sort of tension. The people aren’t nervous, they’re ready. Just as the clock strikes 11 (because with such a jam-packed schedule, you have to be on time), the band strolls out. The chatter starts to die down. It is a sextet – sax, ...read more
This is Noah Preminger's recording debut and it's an impressive one for the 22-year-old tenor saxophonist, who carries recommendations from players as forceful as Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and Dave Liebman. It's not just technique that distinguishes Preminger; it's the quality of his musical thought, the depth of his interaction and his sense of a broader tradition. There are no standards here, but Preminger covers two tunes that suggest key associations: Dave Douglas' Blues for Steve Lacy" and the Lee Konitz/Warne Marsh tune Sax of a Kind." So Preminger is thoughtful enough to invoke some of the ...read more
The consequences of investigating a debut recording are often unknown. In the case of saxophonist Noah Preminger the result is, quite simply, positive. He is a player who invests much thought into his playing. He is rich in churning dense, atmospheric forms with an occasional composition having a lighter ambience. Whatever the stance, the underlying appeal is constant.
Preminger's writing revolves around different styles. He often picks up a new angle, with dexterity, within a composition. It's a sleight of invention that fascinates and draws the listener even closer to the music. Rhythm for Robert" tells this story ...read more
This is the debut recording from a young and exciting saxophonist who, at the age of 22, seems calm, cool and collected. Noah Preminger heads a group that includes edgy, downtown Manhattan musicians Ben Monder (guitar), Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ted Hebert (bass) and Russ Johnson (trumpet). Such a youthful tenor saxophonist might be expected to eagerly step into the world of free-bop, but instead Preminger demonstrates a good indicator of his style by taking his time to make things happen.
Preminger's opening originals, Luke" and A Dream," are thoughtful and concise, with melody and solo statements that are ...read more
Debut records are occasionally prophetic of a young musician's future work. A recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, 22-year-old Boston-based tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger's impressive premiere, Dry Bridge Road, offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of an up-and-coming artist.
Joined by Russ Johnson (trumpet), Ben Monder (guitar), Frank Kimbrough (piano), John Hebert (bass) and Ted Poor (drums), Preminger leads a top-drawer crew through a program of inventive originals and choice cover tunes that range from understated ballads to raucous free improvisations. As a testament to his nascent abilities, Preminger easily holds his own in the company ...read more
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