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Album Review

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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Album Review

Noah Haidu: Doctone

Read "Doctone" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Kenny Kirkland never seemed particularly interested in attaining the high level of fame enjoyed by two of his early employers, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. He worked first for Wynton, playing on four of the trumpeter's albums between 1981 and 1985, before moving into Branford's orbit, for eight albums between 1983 to 1998. These were breakout times for the famous brothers, burst-out-onto-the-scene times that were critical to their ultimate successes. And Kenny Kirkland was there, contributing his ...

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Take Five With Noah Haidu

Read "Take Five With Noah Haidu" reviewed by Noah Haidu


Meet Noah Haidu: Pianist and composer Noah Haidu is evidence that 21st century jazz can be adventurous, fresh and swing hard; that an exciting, modern pianist can play memorable melodies and soulful grooves. His powerful Posi-Tone Records CDs Slipstream and Momentum garnered an impressive response: write-ups included All About Jazz, JazzTimes, The Financial Times, and Downbeat; while his music was played in heavy rotation on radio, satellite, and cable jazz channels. Noah has also gained the attention of ...

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Noah Haidu: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


A quick glance at the monochrome photo that adorns the cover of Momentum could lead to the impression that the pianist is George Gershwin. It isn't, of course, it's Noah Haidu and this is his second album as leader. Any similarities between Haidu and Gershwin end with the shadowy cover shot--Haidu most definitely looks to more contemporary influences for his inspiration.Haidu's debut album, Slipstream (Posi-Tone Records, 2011), was a quintet affair with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and tenor saxophonist ...

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Interview

Noah Haidu: Carving Out His Place

Read "Noah Haidu: Carving Out His Place" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


New York-based pianist Noah Haidu came to jazz through the blues, listening to the searing, soulful guitar moans of Buddy Guy and Albert King. But his training, at the age of six, had its advent in classical music. He also likes to experiment with electronics. All these things go into the musical blender of one of the New York scene's young piano talents; out of it comes Haidu's open approach to the instrument--part in the jazz tradition and ...

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Album Review

Noah Haidu: Slipstream

Read "Slipstream" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Slipstream is the debut from New York-based pianist/writer Noah Haidu. Featuring an exceptionally talented quintet of musicians, it's a striking first album, full of superb, straight-ahead jazz. Haidu's compositions--he wrote all but one of the tunes--are strong on melody and characterized by a gentle and soulful swing. As a pianist, Haidu sounds equally comfortable as a lead musician or as part of the rhythm section. Of course, his fellow musicians are high quality players themselves, and are ...

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Album Review

Noah Haidu: Slipstream

Read "Slipstream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


What do slipstreams and music have in common? The simple answer is: flow. While some genres have turned their back on the idea of letting each piece of music flow in its own unique way, subscribing instead to digital quantizing and beat perfection, jazz isn't one of them. On his appropriately titled debut, Slipstreams, pianist Noah Haidu presents eight unique tracks that are as unpredictable as the flow of air in the wake of an airplane propeller. ...


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