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    Howard, Noah – “Live at the Unity Temple” – [Ayler Records]

    Like all but the biggest names in free jazz, Noah Howard has labored in relative obscurity for many
    years, despite performing with such luminaries as Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, and Sun Ra and
    having releases on such legendary labels as ESP, Freedom, and so on. On this release, Howard
    leads his long-running and very tight quartet through five original compositions, including two of
    his signature pieces, ‘The Blessing? and ‘Schizophrenic Blues?. Howard’s playing is crisp,
    melodic, and clear: alternating intense freedom chases with passages of mournful,
    Coleman-esque alto wailing. Pianist Bobby Few is also quite impressive on this date, providing an appropriate foundation in every instance for Howard’s alto flights. In fact, my only real complaint
    with this release is that Few’s incredible assaults on the keyboard are often times difficult to fully
    hear (and appreciate) amongst Howard and Duncan’s sonic attack; such is the nature of live to
    two track recordings. Overall, a very satisfying blast of free jazz – enjoy! DL

  • Reviewed by Daryl Licht on December 18, 2002 at 10:25 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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