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Noah Howard Quartet - Live at the Unity Temple

Magnus Eriksson, Svenska Dagbladet

Free jazz: the alto sax master Noah

Opens to the gallery: Ayler Records is the name of a new Swedish jazz label. As the name indicates free jazz is on the programme. First release is a live recording with Noah Howard’s Quartet from Chicago 1997, Live at the Unity Temple.
Howard has been active on the avant-garde scene since the 60th; he has played with for instance Archie Shepp.
On the actual CD he sticks to the classical form resolution of the free jazz, in other words to the essential. He opens with a simple, kind of to the gallery melody on the alto saxophone. The other musicians back up. Tests his ideas and peels of the ephemeral of the music, its superficial beauty. In order to drill deeper, down towards one reflection of the music and its absolute being. Then everything closes to a new, beautiful syntheses.

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