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by Michael P. Gladstone
This album offers some very good Latin (and world) jazz performed by two Americans and their quartet but loses some points, in my opinion, for its free jazz aspirations. Hilary Noble, of Boston origin, has studied with George Garzone and logged some good experience with New York City Latin bandleader Bobby Sanabria. This is his second album, and it stands in the same general footprints of another saxophonist who has made a successful career of the study of Cuban music ...read more
by Jack Bowers
One has to admire the energy that is poured so lavishly into many albums of Afro-Cuban Jazz. Noble Savage bristles with vitality as it explores the many facets of Caribbean-influenced music, with side trips to Australia, home of saxophonist / conguero Hilary Noble’s forebears, and New Orleans. Much of that firepower springs from drummer / percussionist Bobby Sanabria’s perseverance as well as from Noble’s remarkable mastery of the congas, which he plays on half a dozen of the eleven numbers. ...read more