Darius Jones Trio’s Man’ish Boy One Of The Boston Globe’s Top 10 Jazz Albums For 2009

December 21, 2009

The Boston Globe‘s Living Editor, and resident jazz reviewer, Steve Greenlee chose the Darius Jones Trio’s Man’ish Boy (AUM Fidelity) as one of his Top 10 Jazz Albums for 2009 in Sunday’s paper.

“The young saxophonist plays both raucously and sweetly,” Greenlee noted, “and he puts every genre at his disposal, from blues to swing to free improvisation.”

Boston Globe: The Fully Celebrated At Ryles

June 2, 2009

Steve Greenlee reviews The Fully Celebrated’s May 29th Boston CD release party for Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity) at Ryles Jazz Club in today’s Boston Globe.

“The Fully Celebrated is a force to be reckoned with, in Boston and beyond,” Greenlee writes. “Much of this has to do with the power of the songwriting on the trio’s CD, Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones, which it celebrated fully Friday night at Ryles. Their new album is one of the finest jazz discs of the year, full of innovative compositions, great grooves, and inspired playing.”

Firehouse 12 To Present The Noah Preminger Quartet April 24th

March 25, 2009
Photo by Matthew Fried

Photo by Matthew Fried

On Friday, April 24th, Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by tenor saxophonist/composer Noah Preminger and his quartet. The Hartford native and widely acclaimed wunderkind is on the road building on the success of his 2008 debut, Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records), which earned Best Debut of the Year honors in the prestigious Village Voice Jazz Poll. His group features the veteran talents of pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Jeff Davis.

In a recent feature in the Boston Globe, Siddhartha Mitter wrote, “all the evidence thus far says Preminger is ahead of the game. He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice: His approach privileges mood and reflectiveness, favoring weaving lines that can be complex but are also concise, without a trace of over-playing or bravado.” Other critics have called him “a young and exciting saxophonist who, at the age of 22, seems calm, cool and collected” (Michael P. Gladstone, AllAboutJazz.com) and “a composer of wit, substance, and intrigue whose music requires close listening to reveal all the intricacies therein” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide).

A 2008 graduate of Boston’s New England Conservatory, where he studied with such notable musicians as Rakalam Bob Moses and Danilo Pérez, Preminger moved to New York this past summer and currently resides in Brooklyn. In addition to his own band, he is already working with a number of established leaders, including Dave Allen, Bruno Råberg and his producer and mentor, John McNeil. “Noah Preminger may be in his early 20s but the maturity of his musical choices shows he’s a good listener and very talented,” explains the Hartford Courant‘s Richard Kamins. “Dry Bridge Road is a very strong start to what one hopes is a long and creative career.” 

2009 Spring Jazz Series Schedule:

03/20: Julian Lage Group
03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet
04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey
04/10: George Colligan Trio
04/17: Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance
04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet
05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet
05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits
05/15: James Carney Group
05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe
06/05: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

Tickets and more information available at:

Mario Pavone’s Trio Arc In Steve Greenlee’s Top 10 of 2008 (Boston Globe)

December 16, 2008

The Boston Globe‘s Steve Greenlee has named bassist/composer Mario Pavone’s Trio Arc (Playscape Recordings) one of his Top 10 CD Picks of 2008.

Trio Arc documents Pavone’s first collaboration with legendary pianist, and former mentor, Paul Bley in 35 years. The release of this entirely improvised trio session, featuring frequent collaborator Matt Wilson on drums, earlier this year marked the 40th anniversary of Pavone’s recorded debut on Bley’s 1968 LP, Canada (Canada Radio).

Greenlee writes, “Their simpatico replaces any need for structured timekeeping, and together they produce a beautifully odd amalgam of sounds.”