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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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Itaru Oki: Kami Fusen

Read "Kami Fusen" reviewed by John Sharpe

This second instalment from NoBusiness Records collaboration with the Japanese Chap Chap label under the name of trumpeter Itaru Oki constitutes a real find. One of the pioneers of free jazz in his native country, Oki moved to Paris in 1974, subsequently working with many luminaries including saxophonists Steve Lacy, Noah Howard and Sam Rivers, and ...

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Bobby Kapp / Matthew Shipp: Cactus

Read "Cactus" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

After a productive period in the 1960s, drummer Bobby Kapp revived his career at the start of the millennium. Among his latter projects was The Fine Wine Trio with pianist Richard Wyands and bassist Gene Perla. The group was commissioned by the US State Department to tour Africa and Jordan as “Jazz Ambassadors." That music, being ...

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Rashied Al Akbar / Muhammad Ali / Earl Cross / Idris Ackamoor: Ascent of the Nether Creatures

Read "Ascent of the Nether Creatures" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Lithuanian based No Business label deserves an award for its unstinting documentation of the loft jazz scene in NYC during the 1970s and early '80s. Often characterized as a time when nothing was happening, the reality couldn't be further from the truth. With the influx of new talent from the mid-West and California, the performance ...

The Bremen Concert

Label: Jazt Tapes
Released: 2012
Track listing: Ole Negro; Pearl Stream; New Arrival; Ziki.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shauli Einav: Opus One

Read "Opus One" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Given the sheer number, stylistic variety and extraordinary quality of jazz recordings coming out of Israel these days, it's safe to say that improvised music is alive and well in that embattled country. Even among the rarefied company of Israel's finest young jazz musicians, saxophonist Shauli Einav stands out as a uniquely accomplished and mature talent. ...

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Noah Howard Quartet: The Bremen Concert

Read "The Bremen Concert" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Alto saxophonist Noah Howard was a key player in the free jazz movement of the 1960s. He moved into the realm of that decade--a time when the atmosphere was rife with saxophonists primed to the calling. Born in New Orleans, Howard characterized his approach with a distinctive sensibility for gospel music that unraveled enticingly in his ...

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Noah Howard: Music In My Soul

Read "Noah Howard: Music In My Soul" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Noah Howard Music in My Soul Buddy Knife 148 pagg. - 18 euro Tra le tante figure “minori" del free jazz [e l'aggettivo “minore" non vada inteso come giudizio, ma solo come constatazione oggettiva di popolarità e influenza], quella di Noah Howard, scomparso nel 2010 a nemmeno settant'anni, è ricca di interessanti spunti. Specialista del sax ...

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Take Five With Kali. Z. Fasteau

Read "Take Five With Kali. Z. Fasteau" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Kali. Z. Fasteau: Kali. Z. Fasteau is from a musical family, playing piano, cello, flute, and voice since early childhood in Paris and New York. Her piano teacher, for eight years, was Olga Heifetz. She started improvising at age 14. She received post-grad degrees studying the music of Asia, Africa, 20th Century ...

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Noah Howard: Free Jazz Alto Saxophonist Dies at 67

Noah Howard: Free Jazz Alto Saxophonist Dies at 67

American-born free jazz alto saxophonist Noah Howard has died at the age of 67 years early morning Friday, September 3rd, 2010 A free jazz artist of the 60s and 70s, Mr. Howard came to critical acclaim again after returning to free jazz in the 90s due to recorded efforts with Cadence Jazz among other labels...first recorded ...


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