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Noah Haidu: Standards II

Read "Standards II" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


On Standards II, pianist Noah Haidu embarks on a captivating journey through the jazz tradition, accompanied by bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart. The seven tracks were recorded at the Van Gelder studio. The album starts with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow." This track, famously sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 film “Wizard of Oz," became her signature song. The opening, delivered with finesse by Hart, sets the stage for Haidu to build the number from the ground up, ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Polished not Smooth

Read "Polished not Smooth" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


We all know “smooth jazz" is a forbidden genre among hard-core jazzbos, but sometimes you run across albums that have no interest in pandering to the listener, but also don't display any rough edges or dirty elbows. Call it “polished," “refined," “plush," or “mellow"--but don't file it next to Kenny G--or Albert Ayler, for that matter.Playlist Discussion of Javier Nero's album Kemet: The Black Land (Outside in Music) 4:27 Discussion of Brad Turner's album The Magnificent (Cellar Music) ...

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Noah Haidu: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Forty years after the renowned Standards Trio comprised of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette released its debut album, Standards, Vol. 1, New York-based pianist Noah Haidu pays his respects with a similarly named enterprise (sans volume number) featuring bassists Buster Williams or Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash, with saxophonist Steve Wilson making it a quartet on four numbers. The Standards Trio's body of work “brought me inspiration, solace and happiness," Haidu writes in the ...

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Noah Haidu: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


A standard is defined as a musical composition that has become a part of the standard repetoire. The conventional wisdom suggests that this definition applies to popular songs of the twentieth century based on the premise that their popularity has lasted beyond the period of their initial publication. Pianist/composer Noah Haidu has taken this to heart on his persuasive album Standards. Accompanied by a cohort of acclaimed sidemen including bassists Buster Williams and Peter Washington, drummer ...

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Noah Haidu: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Neil Duggan


In 1983, Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette released the first of their album of standards, Standards Vol. 1 (ECM). The trio's harmonic ideas, insight and collective musicianship went on to become the benchmark for reworking these well- known American songs. Together they recorded 21 albums over three decades. Inspired by that trio's work and celebrating the 40th anniversary of that release, pianist & composer, Noah Haidu, has released Standards. He is joined by bassists Buster Williams ...

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Noah Haidu: Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett

Read "Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Birthdays are always special occasions. When one is young, the celebration is about looking towards the future. As one gets older, the occasion marks the acknowledgement of life's accomplishments. As for Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett, the release of this title on May 7 2021 was one day before Jarrett's 76th birthday. As envisaged by pianist Noah Haidu along with his cohorts bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart the album's construct would be built around Jarrett's body of work ...

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Noah Haidu: Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett

Read "Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


American poet Walt Whitman said it. Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan said it, too, on his Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia Records, 2020). They said: “I Contain Multitudes." Pianist Keith Jarrett also contains multitudes—though it has never been reported that he has said so. Those multitudes include early work with the groups of drummer Art Blakey, saxophonist Charles Lloyd and trumpeter Miles Davis, before he connected with ECM Records in 1972 with Facing You, a recording that set an early ...


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