156

Noah Preminger Group: Dry Bridge Road

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Noah Preminger Group: Dry Bridge Road 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 particularly well. Preminger is warm and balladic with John Hebert (bass) playing arco. The music then springs into a livelier beat with Preminger and Russ Johnson (trumpet) engaging in dialogue before Johnson takes off. His line is swift and just a bit ragged, which gives his progression grit and brawn. Then comes the swerve into freer dynamics with Ben Monder (guitar) leading the charge for the band.

"Where Seagulls Fly" is a lyrical statement. Preminger wafts into the appealing melody, phrasing it with breath delicacy. He lingers over a note, touching its depths to raise the emotional stakes. Frank Kimbrough grabs the pulse and goes on to open a vista of beautifully modulated ideas. His working of the melody without straying far from the core is a work of art. When Preminger returns to filter the soul of the melody, the lure is complete.

"Sax of a Kind" is a bop work out. Preminger is right at home scooting rapid phrases. Monder is again the ally with Ted Poor adding sprightly rhythms on the drums. It's another triumph for the band.

Preminger is one to watch. He has the promise of great things to come.


Track Listing: Luke; A Dream; Today is Okay; Blues for Steve Lacy; Sax of a Kind; Where Seagulls Fly; Was it a Rat I Saw?; Real Nice; Rhythm for Robert.

Personnel: Noah Preminger: saxophone; Russ Johnson: trumpet; Ben Monder: guitar; Frank Kimbrough: piano; John Hebert: bass; Ted Poor: drums.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Nowt Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Live at the JazzRoom" CD/LP/Track Review Live at the JazzRoom
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 17, 2016
Read "Wede Harer Guzo" CD/LP/Track Review Wede Harer Guzo
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 28, 2016
Read "Metal Na Madeira" CD/LP/Track Review Metal Na Madeira
by Jim Trageser
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "Night Music" CD/LP/Track Review Night Music
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Lionsong" CD/LP/Track Review Lionsong
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 21, 2016
Read "Confidences" CD/LP/Track Review Confidences
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 3, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!