NOAH PREMINGER

Dry Bridge Road

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - RAY COMISKEY

Nowt Preminger is a more than promis­ing young tenor sax­o­phon­ist whose co­horts on this record­ing de­but re­flect the es­teem in which he is held. Ben Mon­der (gui­tar), Frank Kim­brough (pi­ano), John Hebert (bass), Ted Poor (drums) and Russ John­son (trum­pet), who ap­pear in var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions through­out, are among New York’s elite. If Preminger’s de­but also re­flects the eclec­tic mix, di­luted or oth­er­wise, of his in­ter­ests in jazz, pop, rock and am­bi­ent mu­sic, his tenor sug­gests firm jazz roots (hark­ing back, per­haps, even to Warne Marsh), with a tech­ni­cal com­mand as im­pres­sive as the ideas it serves; the uni­son line of Sax of a Kind with Ben Mon­der is im­mac­u­lately played, while Preminger’s so­los, par­tic­u­larly on Where Seag­ulls Fly and Blues for Steve Lacey, are as­sured and well con­ceived. Tellingly, in the group im­pro­vi­sa­tions that de­velop, Preminger sounds thor­oughly at home. www.noah­preminger.com

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