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Enclave by Hilary Noble and Rebecca Cline

Hilary Noble and Rebecca Cline have performed with some of the greats in Latin Jazz including Giovanni Hidalgo, Bobby Sanabria and John Santos.

Rebecca co-leads two bands in the Boston area: the Latin Jazz quartet, Enclave, with saxophonist and percussionist, Noble, and the dance band, Obbini Tumbao-Latin Groove, with percussionist Ana Norgaard. She has studied piano with Joanne Brackeen in the U. S. and with Chucho Valdés in Cuba.

Hilary Noble has studied saxophone with Yusef Lateef in the U.S. and percussion with Maximino Duquesne in Cuba. He has been a sideman for artists such as Bob Moses and drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria (who employed him in his band Ascension.) In 2001, Noble and Sanabria produced Noble Savage, which included Ascension pianist John Di Martino and acoustic bassist Boris Kozlov.

Bassist, Fernando Huergo, and drummer, Steve Langone, have played with the Jinga Trio, Jinga Quintet, and Nando Michelin. They have also performed separately with Luciana Souza, Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Samuels, Dave Kikoski, Paulo Braga and many others.

The melange of Afro-Latin rhythms from Brazil, Cuba and Argentina mixed with free, fusion and post-bop jazz on this recording results in a musical style that is fiery and smart, snappy and charged.

The first track, "Cha-nando," named for bassist, Fernando Huergo, is a delightful and charming cha-cha. "Viva Freire," a tribute to the Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, has an Afro Brazilian /Afro Cuban groove. "Dragon Slayer," an ultra-high energy screamer, features Noble’s wailing, cutting soprano sax and an Afro rhythm. The Cole Porter tune, "You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To" is transformed into an all out escapade. Cline’s prowess on piano is highlighted on the next track, "Eleven Ruminations," and the next, "Once Eleven," which is a bilingual play on words, features drum solos by Steve Langone and Noble (on congas.) "Dark Nebula" begins as a drifting, winding cloud that opens up into a free jazz discussion between all of the musicians, and most notably, Huergo on electric bass. "Comfort Zone" is a sizzling mambo with punchy drum/bass groove. "RumbaNations," a fiery Afro-Cuban vs. Free Jazz battle, of sorts, is chock full of percussion and saxophone, compliments of Noble.

Enclave is a definite must have for Afro-Latin Jazz enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates music that is flavorful and vivacious. This precocious quartet plays very well together and offers up some stellar performances that are sure to have many hips a-swaying, hands a-clapping and yes, claves (where available) clave-ing.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Hilary Noble and Rebecca Cline
  • CD Title: Enclave
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Zoho Music
  • Musicians: Hilary Noble (saxophones, flute, percussion), Rebecca Cline (piano), Fernando Huergo (bass), Steve Langone (drums).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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