27 January 2013

Noah Howard Quartet live at Columbia University, NY, 1973


I noticed that our blogger chums at 9 Grey Chairs posted recently a recording of Noah Howard at the Village Vanguard in 1972, so I thought I should follow it up with this live recording from Columbia University the year after. I suppose this was taped off radio, most likely the student radio at Columbia, WKCR. I am also willing to wager that WKCR is pretty much unequaled when it comes to jazz broadcasting.

This is diiferent group from the one at Village Vanguard. Earl Freeman is on this one as well, but new to the quartet is the guitarist and drummer, about whom I know next to nothing. This is a bit of an oddity. It doesn't really sound much like what Howard did before and after. But it may be in some ways attuned to what was happening in NY at the time, what with the introduction here of guitars and liberal doses of fuzz pedals. Not too sure about how well that comes off, but perhaps it's indicative of certain musical developments at that moment in time. Think of Blood Ulmer, Ornette Coleman's Prime Time and what was to be known as harmolodics, even though that concept is somewhat hard to define. In any case, a curious addition to the Noah Howard discography, but an unreleased one.

Noah Howard Quartet 
Wollman Auditorium, Columbia University 
1973-07-05

Source: Radio
Sound: A

Noah Howard- as, perc, v,
Earl Freeman- b,
Glenn Dong- g,
Jean-Louis Mechali- perc.

Time 48:16

01. Living Space 35:40
02. Duet for Alto & Bass 12:36

18 comments:

kinabalu said...

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Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Thank you very much for this.

alx4 said...

Thank You Very Much !!!

Clifford Allen said...

Looking forward to hearing this. Surprised to see J-L Mechali's name here, especially on a New York gig. He was the drummer for Cohelmec Ensemble among other left-field French favorites throughout the '70s (shared with his brother Francois on bass). He moved on to composing music for films and I believe is still with us.

Bernie said...

Thank you very much!!!!

Arizona Phossils said...

beautiful. any and all Noah Howard is great! thank you!

Parker said...

Was indeed from WKCR, taped as part of the NY Musicians Festival. I believe you can hear a copy from the master tape here:
http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/wkcr/audio/by/artist/noah_howard_quartet

Anonymous said...

wow, this one looks really interesting. thank you very much for posting.

corvimax said...

I havent listened yet, but it looks unmissable, thank you

Wallofsound said...

Most interesting. Many thanks, kinabalu .

Igor said...

Thanks a lot, kinabalu.

onxidlib said...

Great! Thank you Kinabalu.
Just recently I got a fine LP with J-L Mechali's brother Francois. He's playing with Kenny Wheeler, Radu Malfatti, Günter Sommer and André Jaume.

correct silence said...

Hello.
Would it be possible to re-up this recording, very soon I will interview Jean Louis Mechali for the reissue of the Coelmec Ensemble and I'm sure he will be interested to hear this Noah Howard recording. Both 3 albums of the Coelmec Ensemble will be reissued on lp and cd by the french label "Souffle Continu".
Thank in advance

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Right now I'll reup the files.

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

1fichier
Imagenetz

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

correct silence said...

Hi Ernst

Thank for your fast update on this concert and I can't wait to see Jean Louis Mechali's reaction on this topic. I think that the link via imagenetz doesn't work because here is the message that appears : "vDiese Datei existiert nicht mehr!", I don't understand German but I suppose that it means that the file doesn't exist. I caught it via 1fichier so no problem for me but perhaps you should check the file at imagenetz.
Thank again for this music.

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Hi correct silence - thanks for your feedback.
It's funny but I#ve tried to access the imagenetz link and had no problem to find and download it!?!?!?