Noah Preminger throws a knockout punch with Haymaker!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Noah Preminger is what I refer to as a stealth musician, sneaky good. Preminger has been quietly going about the business of making solid yet accessibly adventurous modern jazz for the past few years. Haymaker finds Preminger working with an A list 4tet including the underrated Ben Monder on guitar, Colin Stranahan on drums and rock solid Matt Pavolka on bass.
Noah Preminger is a tenor ninja with the uncanny ability to work the upper end of the register and do so with the control and finesse of an Ivo Perleman. While Haymaker does not go head first into the deep end of the free jazz pool, Preminger clearly shows his range and keen harmonic sense could have him working this side of the improvisational street and holding his own with virtually any player working this often misunderstood genre.
Haymaker is an eclectic mix running the sonic spectrum from the blues of "My Blues For You" to an engaging cover of Dave Matthews "Don't Drink The Water." One of the more interesting compositions found here is the ECM like riff with "Rhonda's Suite" which ventures slightly off the beaten path on more than one occasion still manages to tie this release together nicely. Artfully intense without an air of self indulgence is refreshing from any artist and especially tenor players as of late. Noah Preminger appears to be just tapping into his inner jazz ninja and with striking results. Much like a well written resume, Haymaker leaves you wanting more.
Track Listing: Morgantown; My Blues For You; Haymaker; Animal Planet; Tomorrow; 15,000; Stir My Soul; Rhonda's Suite; Don't Drink The Water; Motif Attractif.
Personnel: Noah Preminger: tenor saxophone; Ben Monder: guitar; Colin Stranahan: drums; Matt Pavolka: bass.