New on Palmetto
Haymaker sees Preminger lead a kindred-spirit band of top-flight players: guitarist Ben Monder, double-bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Colin Stranahan. The album showcases a brace of fresh Preminger compositions, along with one number penned by Monder, the Annie standard “Tomorrow” and a cover of jam-band rocker Dave Matthews’ “Don’t Drink the Water.” Blending atmosphere and energy, the Noah Preminger Group can remind a listener of the Motian/Frisell/Lovano trio in one tune and the Mark Turner/Kurt Rosenwinkel pairings in the next – even as this band has its own, individual soundprint. Haymaker is modern jazz that balances musical integrity with sensual allure.
05-07-13Fred Hersch w/various guests
Jazz Standard through 5/12
New York, NY
05-15-13Fred Hersch duo w/Ralph Alessi
Porgy & Bess
05-17-13Fred Hersch duo w/Ralph Alessi
CWU Jazz Festival
05-18-13Fred Hersch duo w/Ralph Alessi
05/07/13 Noah Preminger
What sounds like a more cautious approach on the first listen of Haymaker reveals more fine distinctions with each additional listen, and with songs and arrangements obviously built with his band members in mind, this is Preminger’s most solid group effort yet.
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03/21/13 Ron Oswanski - eMusic
Ron Oswanski, December's Moon: Oswanski takes turns on Hammond B3 organ and accordion, and leads a set of all-stars on a set of lyrical modern jazz tunes. The sounds between the "Hammond tunes" and the "accordion tunes" are different, but not nearly enough to break a sense of album cohesion. Accordion adds a welcome rustic presence to the affair, which balances nicely with B3's aeronautics. Personnel like John Abercrombie and Clarence Penn are sure to make people stop and notice, but I was most struck by the contributions of saxophonist Tim Ries, especially his interplay with accordion parts.