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Noah Kaplan Quartet: Cluster Swerve

Read "Cluster Swerve" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Saxophonist Noah Kaplan's second album for the Switzerland-based hatOLOGY label equates to a six-year gap, following his debut, Descendants (2011). But the artist has been productive by pushing the envelope via his multi-purposed activities with various ensembles amid his status as a PhD candidate in Music Composition at prestigious Princeton University. He skirts the free-zone here, along with revered improvising guitarist Joe Morris. During Kaplan's studies at the New England Conservatory he learned some broad concepts under Joe ...

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Noah Kaplan: Descendants

Read "Descendants" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Who knew that tenor saxophonist Noah Kaplan would turn out to be an old soul? Probably no one, especially those who have heard his extraordinary propensity for wailing in a sea of microtones and xenharmonics. But the truth is that Kaplan has made his lineage clear. He goes further back, from reeds-master Joe Maneri to the Greeks--even the ancient Indians--with his soft drones and whispering, sliding glissandi to thank the lute players. He goes back to the veena and sitar ...

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Noah Kaplan Quartet: Descendants

Read "Descendants" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Schooled at the knee of microtonal innovator Joe Maneri and supported by Maneri collaborator Joe Morris on his first release as a leader, saxophonist Noah Kaplan's Descendants is quite the auspicious debut.Kaplan's music is an archeological dig that unearths the remains of mummified blues and early jazz--at least a well-preserved jazz sound once rediscovered by Ornette Coleman in 1959. Like the legendary saxophonist/composer's music, Kaplan writes unbalanced music that, thanks to Maneri, shifts through varied pitches, microtones, and ...


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