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Noah Preminger: Meditations on Freedom

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Released to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump as President, the message of Saxophonist Noah Preminger's Meditations on Freedom is as direct as the music is powerful. Conceived immediately after Election Day 2016 and recorded shortly thereafter without cuts or edits, the music is a testament to both Preminger's artistic prowess and deep commitment to political engagement.The album's nine offerings present a series of potent statements on social justice, the struggle for equity, and a stark repudiation ...

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Noah Preminger: Meditations on Freedom

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Open and civil discourse has always been a tenant of democracy. Recent political events in the U.S. have reduced that discourse to a crude, gutter-level low that has left an alienated population in its wake, marginalized and left without a strong voice. From the time of the Civil War, protest music has provided counsel for vulnerable segments of society. With Meditations on Freedom saxophonist Noah Preminger adds his voice to the ranks of Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" (Commodore, 1939), Charles ...

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Noah Preminger: Some Other Time

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After several releases, tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger's uniqueness has become more evident. In large part, this curve is due to Preminger's own patient development of a creative process; part is an individual style but much of the appeal is in how he creates around the broader dynamics of his various groups. What has been consistent, from the modern post-bop/hard-bop of Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records, 2008) through the raucous swing of Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (Self-Produced, 2015), is ...

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Noah Preminger: Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

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Saxophonist Noah Preminger got this backwards. His latest release, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground should have preceded the 2015 recording Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar. Same quartet of trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass, and drummer Ian Froman. Same theme, the Delta Blues. The reverse order observation is a historical one. Where John Coltrane would record an album of shortish compositions, then take them to the Village Vanguard to expand them to album length tracks, Preminger ...

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Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

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The Delta Blues, spawned from the callous conditions on Mississippi plantations and farmlands, is an artistic manifestation that creativity can overcome, survive, and thrive, amidst overwhelming situations. These sparse, rural blues, which came out of the fields so long ago, continue to influence contemporary musicians seeking a raw form of expression. Count saxophonist Noah Preminger among those who have gone back to these roots, his Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground, is a re-invigoration process based on primordial ...

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Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar

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The first thing that should be said about tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger's Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar is the extremely exciting you-are-there feeling of the recording. Recording engineer Jimmy Katz has managed to capture the sound and visceral feel of a jazz quartet in full cry with no net. Many jazz listeners can remember a performance when everything clicked and the magic happened--where the audience was as much in the groove as the players were with no space existing ...

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Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar

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In a decidedly bold move, young tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger's first self-released album, Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar, consists of two 30-minute-plus tracks; both interpretations of tunes by bluesman Bukka White. The result? A white-knuckle modern jazz thrill ride and possibly the fastest hour you'll spend in front of the stereo this year. Listening to this disc, it's not hard to imagine Preminger thinking ..."how could i not release this?" Time melts away as one engages in Preminger's and ...

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Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar

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With few exceptions, there has always been a disconnect between live performance and recorded jazz. They are almost two worlds divorced from each other. Sure, listening to an LP of Sonny Rollins or Bill Evans captured at the Village Vanguard has a historic aura about it, but capturing that moment in time is nearly unachievable. Nothing can compare to sitting (or standing, drink in hand) in a club to witness, not only the sounds, but the physical aspects of performance. ...

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Noah Preminger: Haymaker

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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 ...


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