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A Room Somewhere

Artist: Liam Noble

Date of Release: 25/05/2015

Catalogue no: SRCD48-2

Label: Basho

Price: £10

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Major Major (Noble)

2.18

2

 

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (Lerner and Loewe)

5.47

3

 

Round Midnight (Monk/Hannigan/Williams)

5.05

4

 

Directions (Zawinul)

4.17

5

 

Now (Noble)

1.51

6

 

There Is No Greater Love (Jones/Symes)

4.48

7

 

Now and Then (Overdub) (Noble)

1.51

8

 

Six White Horses (Welch/Rawlings)

4.47

9

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I Wish I Played Guitar (Noble)

2.31

10

 

Tenderness (Simon)

3.40

11

 

Sophie (Wheeler)

6.30

12

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Body and Soul (Heyman/Sour/Eyton/Green)

4.50

13

 

13. Salut D’Amour (Elgar)

3.02

 

 

 

 

Liam Noble returns with his first solo recording in 20 years. Liam has worked in a vast range of contexts, including as a sideman in award winning projects with Julian Siegel, Christine Tobin and Mark Lockheart and in a transatlantic ensemble with Zhenya Strigalev (which has included Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Greg Hutchinson and Larry Grenadier). He has also collaborated in free improvisation projects such as Sleepthief (with Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock), and performed in ensembles with Peter Evans, Mary Halverson, Mat Manieri and Okkyung Lee. It now feels like the right time to strike out alone again.

 

Reviews

 

01/07/2015 Tim Rolfe, Sandy Brown Jazz

I liked the playing and the humour conveyed in the interpretations of some of these standards. Let us hope it is not another 20 years before we have another solo album Liam Noble.
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24/06/2015 Robert Shore, Jazzwise 4 stars ****

'...the project...sees Noble recording alone for the first time in 20 years and applying his significant talents to a series of standards and improvisations...'

 

22/06/2015 London Jazz News

Noble’s first solo record for 20 years is virtuosic and inventively programmed, yet also reflective and elegant. We’re lucky to listen in on this dialogue; hopefully the imaginary macaw won’t mind.
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04/06/2015 Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

'...A box of surprises.'

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04/06/2015 John Fordham, The Guardian 4 stars****

Admirers of improvisation and the piano arts will be fascinated, but Liam Noble is expressive enough to reach far beyond those loops.

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31/05/2015 Dave Gelly, The Observer 4 stars****

Liam Noble is such a terrific pianist that he can do completely unpianistic things, like imitating the rhythms and sound effects that are more appropriate to a banjo, and still keep you absolutely enthralled.

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27/05/2015 Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast

I hope it’s not 20 years before we get another solo piano treat like this from one of the most interesting – and – yes, let’s use the cliche – under-rated pianists in 21st century jazz

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27/05/2015 Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews

Throughout the album’s sequence, the urge to replay and catch new detail is compelling
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13/05/2015 Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

'"I Wish I Played Guitar" is the sprightliest of the four (improvisations), flurries of notes cascading from Noble's piano as (one supposes) he expresses his fury, then resignation, at his lack of talent on the six-string instrument. Until the day he appears on stage with a Fender Telecaster in hand, his talent on piano and his imaginative approach to interpretation will have to suffice—they certainly make A Room Somewhere a pleasure to hear.'

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20/04/2015 Stephen Graham, Marlbank

'An excellent album that anyone interested in the art of jazz piano will want to get to know.'

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