Hilary Noble


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On their eight originals and a reworking of the standard "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," saxophonist Hilary Noble and his co-leader pianist Rebecca Cline perform a stirring blend of Afro-Cuban jazz and passionate post-bop jazz. Noble is a particularly outstanding soloist, able to improvise with great intensity but also melodic warmth at times, whether on tenor, soprano, alto, or flute. Rebecca Cline is just as versatile, taking "Eleven Ruminations" and in other spots showing what she has learned from Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the other great Cuban pianists. Bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Steve Langone provide stirring support and musical commentary. Whether straight-ahead, Latin, avant-garde, or world music, these performances always hold one's interest, making Enclave a highly recommended example of modern 21st century jazz.

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