"Genuinity" is Preminger's debut release for Criss Cross Jazz. The recording features his "working band" mates of the past several years, trumpeter Jason Palmer and bassist Kim Cass. The newest member is drummer Dan Weiss and his presence gives the band and music ever more possibilities. This album moves away (but not all the way) from the political commentary of 2017's "Meditations on Freedom" or the blues influenced sounds of 2015's "Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar" and 2016's "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was the Ground."
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There's much to enjoy delving into "Genuinity" and the music sounds great flowing out of the speakers. Such a clean recording (kudos to engineer Michael Marciano): you can hear everyone making it seem as if this was a "live" recording. Definitely alive!
Dig into the opening track:
Instead of taking about every track, my suggestion is you sit down and really listen to "Chopin Project." What Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia, along with Nate Radley and the sublime Kim Cass, have done is make one listen to Chopin's music with new ears. The musicians show respect to the original intent of the music but also illustrate how to make the pieces sound fresh and relevant to new audiences.
Here's one of the quartet's delightful takes:
Since he first came to critical notice a decade ago, Noah Preminger has always had a knack playing ballads. From the get-go, his work on slower pieces displayed emotional depth along with lyricism. On "Embraceable You", he imbues the Gershwin melody with a blues sensibility, carrying all the way through. The pianist responds to the emotion of the music with a quiet solo that hews closely to the melody ands sets the tone for the return of the saxophonist and the gentle finish.
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For more information, go to www.noahpreminger.com.