After years playing percussion and saxophone with such diverse artists as Bobby Sanabria, Entrain, Bo Diddley, Charles Neville, Lettuce, Clifford Thornton, Eric Krasno and Bob Moses, Hilary Noble has finally produced his own recorded statement, demonstrating what he can do as a jazz saxophonist, Afro-Latin percussionist, and composer. While influenced heavily by Latin jazz, his project resists categorization. "I hear more harmonic freedom, more collective improvisation, more timbres on the saxophone, more formal openness," says Noble. In short, he wants to continue the work of fusing Afro-Cuban rhythmic elements with the freedom of post-Coltrane jazz, something that at times borders on what he calls "Latin free jazz." Although he greatly admires and acknowledges the influence of others who have been pushing the music in this direction (e.g. Fort Apache Band, David Sanchez, Papo Vasquez), he feels that there is room for his own modest contribution.
Advance Praise For "Noble Savage"
" the culmination of what every jazz player spends years learning their craft for a monstrous record." Bobby Sanabria (from the liner notes to "Noble Savage")
"...a musical stew with a pronounced accent of Latin spice that never overwhelms the variety of stylistic ingredients from hard bop to rumba to blues and to a place just outside of categories. Noble calls it ‘Latin free jazz’, but it’s often more than Latin and not always ‘free’ in the conventional jazz sense. Call it what he will, it’s a quality effort throughout." Shaun Dale, JazzReview.com