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Native Soul: Soul Step

Read "Soul Step" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Native Soul Soul Step is a stylistically coherent and well executed effort. The quartet--a classic keyboards, saxophone, bass and drums lineup--plays mostly straight-ahead, but adds enough instrumental and musical variation to keep it fresh throughout. Keyboardist Noah Haidu is the collective's founder, and is the source of a good portion of the music's diversity. By switching between piano and Fender Rhodes--with a dash of B-3 organ and synthesizer--he adds just the right touch of funk and nostalgia to ...

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Native Soul: Rough Jazz

Read "Rough Jazz" reviewed by Ivana Ng

Native Soul's debut album, Rough Jazz, can be viewed as an evolution from prudent bebop to hard bop with more soulful, daring rhythms. On the first half of the record, Peter Brainin's tenor's blithe timbre provides melodies that are often overpowering; pianist (and Fender Rhodes player) Noah Haidu subtly pulls him back with low-register notes. During the CD celebration at Sweet Rhythm on July 6, Haidu's soulful riffs on the keyboard had an intense gravity that might ...


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