Noah Howard

One of free jazz's more enigmatic figures, alto saxophonist Noah Howard has been documented so infrequently on record. Now based in Brussels, Noah has been blowing for over 30 years. Born In New Orleans in 1943, Noah started playing on trumpet (the instrument he played in the military during the early '60s), but moved on to the alto in the mid 60s. Noah made his debut recording as a leader on the infamous ESP label. Dissatisfied with the American scene Noah moved to Europe in the 1970s. He has played and recorded with the greats of the free jazz world both from Europe and the US, Frank Wright, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and   Arthur Doyle to name but a few.

Black Ark recorded in 1969 and released in 1973 by Freedom Records, is one of the monumental second generation free jazz recordings, and sadly a very difficult LP to get hold of until NOW.

It's "a perfect combination of Noah's soulful compositions and playing, infused with plenty of sweet/sour/in/out forms and shapes from the incredible line-up assembled for this release. Plus we get to experience Arthur Doyle's outrageous debut on a recording session, increasing the playing and feeling to an intense level throughout." (Oren Ambarchi 2007)



Black Ark - Noah Howard- CD & LP


£11.50 Europe
£12.50 R.O.W.