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One of free jazz's more enigmatic figures, alto saxophonist Noah Howard was documented so infrequently on record and spent so much time living in Europe that the course of his career and development as a musician remain difficult to trace, despite a late-'90s renewal of interest in his music. Howard was born in New Orleans in 1943 and began playing music in church as a child. He started out on trumpet (the instrument he played in the military during the early '60s) but subsequently switched to alto, and got in on the ground floor of the early free jazz movement. Most influenced by Albert Ayler, Howard made his debut as a leader for the groundbreaking ESP label, recording a pair of dates in 1966 (Noah Howard Quartet and At Judson Hall). Dissatisfied with the reception accorded his music and the avant-garde movement in general in America, Howard relocated to Europe, where he initially lived in France

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Quartet At Judson Hall Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Henry's Street; Apotheosis; Apotheosis Extension I; And About Love; This Place Called Earth; Homage To Coltrane.

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Quartet To At Judson Hall, Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Henry's Street; Apotheosis; Apotheosis Extension I; And About Love; This Place Called Earth; Hommage To Coltrane.

Article: Album Review

Noah Howard: Quartet At Judson Hall Revisited

Read "Quartet At Judson Hall Revisited" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Avrebbe compiuto ottant'anni lo scorso 6 aprile, Noah Howard, nativo di New Orleans, se non fosse scomparso ormai da tredici anni, lasciando peraltro una cospicua mole di incisioni a proprio nome, fino alla fine, anche se è innegabile che la sua stella--se così possiamo definirla--ha avuto il suo periodo di maggior fulgore--o comunque visibilità, e pertinenza ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Burrell: Harlem Rhapsody

Read "Harlem Rhapsody" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It would be an error to characterize pianist Dave Burrell as a witness to history. Avant-garde jazz history that is. The octogenarian was heard in the 1960s groups of Marion Brown, Pharoah Sanders, Noah Howard, Archie Shepp, Sonny Sharrock, Sunny Murray, and Grachan Moncur III, while also exchanging ideas in New York with Albert Ayler, Sam ...

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Article: Album Review

Noah Howard: Quartet To At Judson Hall, Revisited

Read "Quartet To At Judson Hall, Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist Noah Howard is a musician deserving wider recognition. Born in New Orleans in 1943, like many black musicians he began playing music in the church. After a stint in the army, he settled on the West Coast where the avant-garde was progressing outside the purview of New York, which at the time was considered the ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The New York Art Quartet and the Noah Howard Quartet on Ezz-thetics

Read "The New York Art Quartet  and the Noah Howard Quartet on Ezz-thetics" reviewed by John Eyles


Although the Ezz-thetics label has been issuing a steady stream of classic albums from the '50s and '60s, some of the label's releases cannot be called classics but are of great historical interest and significance nonetheless. Some such albums are discoveries which have never before been released, while others are reissues of albums which were outshone ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Matthew Shipp: A Dozen Essential Albums

Read "Matthew Shipp: A Dozen Essential Albums" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


While he was still in his fifties, some pundits were hailing Matthew Shipp as the “elder statesman" of avant-garde jazz piano. The sentiment, if not the Stonehenge-like title, was spot on. The jny: Wilmington, Delaware native grew up in jazz, with trumpeter Clifford Brown being a family friend. Shipp began studying piano at age 6 and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara And More

Read "New Releases From Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we feature new releases from Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara, and, Matheiu Robert & Mario Ganua. In between some other recent material and to close a live cut of Noah Howard in 1975 on a European tour.Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Boris Koslov “Flow" from First Things First (Posi-tone) 0:46 ...

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Article: Album Review

Itaru Oki Quartet: Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975

Read "Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975" reviewed by John Sharpe


Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975 constitutes the second entry from trumpeter Itaru Oki, who died in 2020, in the fascinating series of Japanese free jazz recordings licensed from the Chap Chap label by the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint. It follows Kami Fusen (2017) which presented another live date from 21 years later. One of the pioneers ...


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