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The Black Ark

Noah Howard Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bo'weavil
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly unheard gem. 13 May 2010
Format:MP3 Download
This album was originally released in 1969 on the obscure Freedom label. A limited run, it disappeared overnight and has, pretty much ever since, been a holy grail for collectors.

Although it was contemporaneous with free jazz, it's actually a little more structured than that (some of it bluesy, some has a latin-y sound might the best way to describe it - though neither, especially blues, are all that unusual in influencing jazz). It's one of those records that can be played over, and over again. It's, considering the personnel, a remarkably easy listen. But, understand that I don't mean in the smooooooth type of way. It just feels so perfect. It seems that Howard has a real talent for playing the sax and, importantly composition. There are some solos on the record, but they don't dominate it - so if that puts you off free jazz, this record may be an in (*may!*) for you.

For everyone else that likes ye olde free and avant garde jazz...this is immense.

(Fairly) recently re-released by the wonderful Bo' Weavil, I urge anybody that likes free-jazz to give this a whirl.

It has a fantastic line-up:

Noah Howard: alto saxophone;
Arthur Doyle: tenor saxophone (I have a particular fondness for Arthur Doyle, the liner notes describe him thusly "propelled throughout by an almost incoherent rage, a chaotic and murderous sound." - though if that worries you, the music *is* tight).
Earl Cross: trumpet;
Leslie Waldron: piano;
Norris Jones: bass;
Muhammad Ali: drums (brother of Rashied, though that's not, naturally, why he's good. He just IS immense on this record);
Juma: congas (apparently played congas for Hendrix at Woodstock - so there you go!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly free and out... 21 Dec 2012
By K. Balles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is some top notch free jazz right here, I would put in on the top shelf, from me to you...
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