Noah Preminger Group: Sax of a Kind


Sax of a Kind


Noah Preminger (tenor sax)


Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records NOWT-002)

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Noah Preminger (tenor sax),

Russ Johnson (trumpet), Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ben Monder (guitar), John Hebert (bass), Ted Poor (drums)


Composed by Lee Konitz & Wayne Marsh


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, August 1-2, 2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

In the tradition of such great jazz jam-session tunes as Sonny Stitt's "The Eternal Triangle," saxophonist Noah Preminger and guitarist Ben Monder open "Sax of a Kind" by taking a white-knuckled ride through the changes. Ah, those kind of fire-breathing unison runs are so much fun, and the guys definitely sound like they're having a great time. After a stuttering and momentum-encouraging drum break, Monder takes off for a solo flight of his own. Kudos here to bassist John Herbert, whose ultra-swingin' lines provide particularly dynamic compin' material. Leader Preminger follows Monder with his own impressive solo (this guy is only 22?!). Monder joins Preminger at the end to close things out with another short but intense unison passage. I'd love to hear what they'd do with this in a live setting.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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