Hilary Noble
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Hilary Noble

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | INDIE

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2002
Band Jazz Latin

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Jun
08
Hilary Noble @ 9 Wallis St

Beverly, Massachusetts, United States

Beverly, Massachusetts, United States

May
27
Hilary Noble @ The Jetty

Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States

Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States

May
23
Hilary Noble @ Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center

Rockport, Massachusetts, United States

Rockport, Massachusetts, United States

May
18
Hilary Noble @ Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

May
05
Hilary Noble @ Blue Ocean Music Hall

Salisbury, Massachusetts, United States

Salisbury, Massachusetts, United States

May
02
Hilary Noble @ Bella Luna

jamaica plain, Massachusetts, United States

jamaica plain, Massachusetts, United States

Apr
21
Hilary Noble @ Mission on the Bay

Swampscott, Massachusetts, United States

Swampscott, Massachusetts, United States

Apr
21
Hilary Noble @ Theater in the Wood

New Hampshire, United States

New Hampshire, United States

Apr
20
Hilary Noble @ Greasy Luck Brewery

New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States

New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States

Apr
10
Hilary Noble @ Amazing Things Arts Center

Framingham, Massachusetts, United States

Framingham, Massachusetts, United States

Mar
30
Hilary Noble @ Bella Luna

jamaica plain, Massachusetts, United States

jamaica plain, Massachusetts, United States

Mar
23
Hilary Noble @ Doña Habana Restaurant

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Mar
17
Hilary Noble @ Pitman's Freight Room

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

Mar
10
Hilary Noble @ Narrows Center for the Arts

Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

Feb
15
Hilary Noble @ Boston Marriott Long Wharf

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Jan
06
Hilary Noble @ Tupelo Music Hall

Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States

Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States

Dec
14
Hilary Noble @ Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dec
08
Hilary Noble @ The River Club Music Hall

Scituate, Massachusetts, United States

Scituate, Massachusetts, United States

Dec
01
Hilary Noble @ Amazing Things Arts Center

Framingham, Massachusetts, United States

Framingham, Massachusetts, United States

Dec
01
Hilary Noble @ The Jetty

Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States

Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States

Nov
04
Hilary Noble @ Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

Nov
04
Hilary Noble @ Hibernian Hall

Massachusetts, United States

Massachusetts, United States

Oct
26
Hilary Noble @ La Casa de Pedro

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Oct
20
Hilary Noble @ Pitman's Freight Room

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

Oct
19
Hilary Noble @ La Casa de Pedro

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Music

Press


""The Voice 88.7""

“The Voice” 88.7FM/Dick Crockett

"Listening to Enclave Diaspora will enhance your conception of an evolving Universe. It's a dance, a dawning of conglomerate energy, a fusion of pop, Latin and progressive patterns, and this quartet may be the only one to elevate this message. " --July, 2009 - Dick Crockett


"Enclave @ Heineken Jazzfest, Puerto Rico"

Review of Enclave's performance at the Heineken JazzFest in San Juan, PR:
"The group delivered an excellent 75-minute show...The remarkable numbers [were] outstanding for their arrangements and cohesion, as well as for the quality and depth of the solos performed by the members of the band...The [evening] was...the best bill of fare offered up during all four days [of the festival]."

--Jorge Meléndez/El Vocero, June 1, 2009 - El Vocero


"Boston Herald"

Fusing sax, percussion is a Noble profession (Bob Young, Boston Herald, 10/11/02)

Hilary Noble’s route to modern Afro-Cuban jazz passion is about as circuitous as it gets.

When he was 8 and growing up in Geneva, Switzerland, his parents turned him on to John Coltrane. “I remember Coltrane’s Atlantic (Records) compilation really knocking me out,” said Noble.

But instead of taking up a reed instrument, “I became obsessed with hand drumming,” he recalled. “I just started banging thing anywhere around the house. Then I saw these Moroccan doumbek drums in the music store and I was able to pick them up. It was Switzerland, you know? You go with what’s there.”

And then he made another discovery in Geneva: Ray Barretto’s Latin jazz albums.

Eventually, Noble made his way to Berklee College of Music, where the scene was especially vibrant during the late ‘70s—reedmen Branford Marsalis, Ralph Moore and Greg Osby were classmates. By that time Noble had decided to become both a saxophonist and a percussionist.

Now, he’s releasing his debut album as leader, on which he declares his love for both Afro-Cuban sounds and modern jazz. On “Noble Savage”(Whaling City Sound), the Boston resident makes a worthy contribution to the foundation laid down by pioneers Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie, who presided over the marriage of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz harmonies during the 1950s.

While Noble’s music is closer in spirit and approach to such contemporary Latin jazzers as Jerry Gonzalez and his Fort Apache Band, there’s a definite nod to the tradition. But the leader’s penchant for the adventurous edges of jazz, and his choice of sidemen, make the CD anything but a throwback. A stint spent studying in Cuba in 1998 only added to Noble’s immersion in that island’s sounds, which show up heavily on the new album.

Joining Noble is drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria, with whom Noble worked years ago in Sanabria’s first Ascencion band. Also on board is Sanabria’s rhythm section, pianist John DiMartino and bassist Boris Kozlov, and guest saxophonist Charles Neville, of Neville Brothers fame.

All except Kozlov will perform with Noble on Tuesday at Scullers as the ensemble Conclave. They’ll appear together again at “Steppin’ Out” in the World Trade Center on Nov. 9 and at Ryles on Nov. 21.

Noble is no stranger to either the local or national scene, having worked with Bob Moses, Entrain, Max Creek, Soulive and others.

“It’s fairly simple,” he said. “I’m both a saxophonist and a percussionist and I’ve been hired for both as a sideman. I’ve done straight-ahead gigs, pop gigs, Afro-Cuban gigs and I was thinking, ‘How do I bring them together?’”

The result is Conclave and “Noble Savage”, only the start of something very, very good.
- Bob Young


"Jazz Latino All Stars"


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The Jazz Latino All Stars

Chris Washburne, Ray Vega and Hilary Noble

The First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome started jumping as soon as the Jazz/Latino All Stars took the stage for the first of two generous sets last Friday night. The very special, one-night-only gathering of some of the finest Latin jazz musicians on the contemporary scene was the kick-off concert for the Ahora, Latin/Jazz! 2010 season. And what a way to get things started!

Headed by trumpet master Ray Vega (a veteran of the great Latin-jazz bands lead by Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and others), the ensemble included the explosive trombonist Chris Washburne and killer saxophonist Hilary Noble in the front line. The lovely Nikki Denner added magnificent piano accompaniment, as bassist Jennifer Vincent intertwined her rhythmic, bottom-end notes with explosive drummer Willie Martinez and conga maestro Wilson “Chembo” Corniel.

The outfit’s creative sparks ignited impassioned solos and tight ensemble playing in each tune they tackled. Washburne traded sweat-covered solos with Vega. Vega’s soaring trumpet passed the baton to Noble. And Noble turned up the heat before shifting the spotlight over to Denner, whose keyboard bite was as melodic as it was percussive.

However, it was the dynamic interplay between Corniel’s burning percussion and Martinez’s ever-shifting beats that nearly stole the show. If the front line had been manned by lesser musicians, instead of some of the best of the best, the beat masters would have simply run away with the melody, rhythm, spotlight and even the kitchen sink.

But when Vega opened up on his horn (or Noble or Washburn, for that matter), they reeled in the tune and reclaimed the limelight. Although jazz sax master Joshua Redman in tandem with piano phenomenon Brad Mehldau played a sold out Zankel Music Center’s stage at Skidmore College the same night, anyone who was at the Whisperdome was treated to a show of equal stature and magnificence.

Up next on the schedule for the Ahora, Latin/Jazz! series will be Andrea Brachfeld on “The Role of the Flute in Afro Cuban Music,” at UAlbany’s Humanities Building Room 354 at 7:30pm on Friday. Admission is $15; students $5.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

SECOND OPINIONS:
Read David Malachowski’s review in The Times Union.

The Jazz/Latino All Stars

Nikki Denner, Willie Martinez and Jennifer Vincent

Jazz Latino All Stars

Wilson “Chembo” Corniel and Jennifer Vincent

Jazz Latino All Stars

Ray Vega and Hilary Noble

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"GRATUITOUS TRACK OF THE DAY"

GRATUITOUS TRACK OF THE DAY
HILARY NOBLE from the CD NOBLE SAVAGE Whaling City Sound
c. 2002 produced by Hilary Noble and Bobby Sanabria
Hard to believe that this was recorded way back in 2002 because it still sounds like it was recorded today. Hilary not only plays tenor and soprano sax, but is also the conguero! A talent deserving wider recognition, his playing is intense, creative, sublime, nuanced, as are his compositions which provide great vehicles for the soloist and nice twists and turns for the rhythm section as in this piece which alternates between Cuban songo/conga de comparsa/mozambique and Brasilian samba. This one slipped through the radar of everyone on the jazz and Latin jazz scene when it was released and it shouldn't have. With yours truly drums and percussion, Boris Kozlov - electric and acoustic bass, John Dimartino - piano, Charles Neville - alto sax
TRACK: The Fire Next Time
COMPOSER, ARRANGER: - Hilary Noble
SOLOS: Hilary Noble - tenor sax, John Dimartino - piano, Bobby Sanabria - drums - Naxos


"Cadence"

Review: By David Lewis, Cadence
WCS 016 - Noble Savage
Hilary Noble

In his debut as a leader, this multi-reed man sounds like a Cuban master as he shows such compelling technique on conga drums during "The Fire Next Time," "Rumb'azul," "Ilé-Olorun," "Sandunga Mofongo," and the brief duo features "Guiro Moderno" and "(N)eurotrash." Yet although educated in the States, Noble was born in Switzerland. While his playing in "Ilé-Olorun" (Yoruba for "House of God") emulates John Coltrane's technical ambitions to incorporate Yeruba (sic) chants into his saxophone style, the tempo shifts during di Martino's piano solo recall the Miles Davis quintet of the '60's rather than Coltrane's quartet. While Coltrane and Davis are all too familiar as musical influences, the playing on this project sustains the highest level and the engaging solos by Noble and di Martino in "The Fire Next Time" establish the standard for what is to come. Noble's band demonstrates excellent rapport during their sensitive interplay in the modal ballad "Relapse". Bass player Kozlov's solo is a high point as is his arco work during the ballad "Dream Dance," while the upbeat style of his playing is showcased in the infectious Nawleans (sic) march in "Jelly Roll." Reedman Charles Neville guests on a few tunes and his most engaging interplay with Noble occurs during the rousing finale of "Terra Australis." Yet it was the hyper fragment "(N)eurotrash" that took my ears by surprise, and if the title conveys some mocking insinuations, this is an area where Noble's music could definitely grow in unique ways. It will be interesting to hear what it does.
- David Lewis


"Jazz Times"

Boston-based saxophonist-percussionist-composer Hilary Noble has served as sideman with a number of well-know groups, including that of Latin-jazz drummer Bobby Sanbaria. For his first album of his own, Noble recruited Sanabria's services--along with Sanabria's pianist, John di Marino (sic), and bassist, Boris Kozlov--and focused on his own fusing of Afro-Caribbean forms and rhythms with post-bop jazz. He also brought in electric pianist Andy McWain for couple (sic) of tracks and New Orleans sopranoist Charles Neville to assist on three.

Although not all the charts are Latin--Noble's affecting ballad "Relapse" being one of several examples of the performers' straight jazz skills--the program features such Cuban forms or rhythms as mozambique, bembe, rumba, guaracha as well as Dominican merengue, Brazilian samba and Venezuelan joropo. The rhythmic texture of these pieces is consistently thick and rich and can produce an irresistibly propulsive momentum. Sanabria and his rhythm section are experts at this, but Noble fits in with them easily. He contributes on various percussion instruments, most often congas, as well as on his several saxophones, even overdubbing soprano, alto and tenor parts on one track. He also composed most of the pieces.

While the excitement of the Latin rhythmic ambience is the recording's most striking feature, several very fine improvised solos also contribute to its appeal.

Jazz Times/Bill Milkowski

"Noble wails intensely on the opener 'Crossroads,' then switches to flute and djembe on the intricate, chopsbusting 'Rue de Buci.' Cline's Fender Rhodes adds funk to 'A-Frayed' while 'Iyá Modupué' is an excursion into modal improvisation. They travel to Brazil on the sprightly 'Chorinho Pra Lemanja,' to Cuba on the entrancing 'Moab' and further out on the time-shifting 'Mars Bars.'" --April, 2009
- David Franklin/Bill Milkowski


"Cadence"

Review: By David Lewis, Cadence
WCS 016 - Noble Savage
Hilary Noble

In his debut as a leader, this multi-reed man sounds like a Cuban master as he shows such compelling technique on conga drums during "The Fire Next Time," "Rumb'azul," "Ilé-Olorun," "Sandunga Mofongo," and the brief duo features "Guiro Moderno" and "(N)eurotrash." Yet although educated in the States, Noble was born in Switzerland. While his playing in "Ilé-Olorun" (Yoruba for "House of God") emulates John Coltrane's technical ambitions to incorporate Yeruba (sic) chants into his saxophone style, the tempo shifts during di Martino's piano solo recall the Miles Davis quintet of the '60's rather than Coltrane's quartet. While Coltrane and Davis are all too familiar as musical influences, the playing on this project sustains the highest level and the engaging solos by Noble and di Martino in "The Fire Next Time" establish the standard for what is to come. Noble's band demonstrates excellent rapport during their sensitive interplay in the modal ballad "Relapse". Bass player Kozlov's solo is a high point as is his arco work during the ballad "Dream Dance," while the upbeat style of his playing is showcased in the infectious Nawleans (sic) march in "Jelly Roll." Reedman Charles Neville guests on a few tunes and his most engaging interplay with Noble occurs during the rousing finale of "Terra Australis." Yet it was the hyper fragment "(N)eurotrash" that took my ears by surprise, and if the title conveys some mocking insinuations, this is an area where Noble's music could definitely grow in unique ways. It will be interesting to hear what it does.
- David Lewis


Discography

Hilary Noble: "Noble Savage"( Whaling City Sound [WCS16]) with Bobby Sanabria, Charles Neville, John di Martino and Boris Kozlov. "Noble Savage" has been played on nearly 200 radio stations throughout the US and Canada. Selections can be heard streaming at http://www.lastfm.com

Hilary Noble and Rebecca Cline "Enclave" (Zoho 2000510). "Best jazz album of the year" (Allaboutjazz.com, Norm Weinstein.)

Rebecca Cline/Hilary Noble "Enclave Diaspora" (enclavejazz 001)

Beantown Jazz Festival '08 Compilation CD w/ Randy Weston, Cindy Blackman, Sergio Brandao and others.

Entrain: "All One" (Dolphin Safe Records)

Albey Balgochian: "Spirits Dance" (Abop Records)

David Gurland: "David Gurland" (LML Records)

Jon Dowling: "Doing What Comes Naturally" (Blue Wolf Records)

Bruce Miller Project: "Natural Groove"

Crosswalk Balk: "One Direction"

FMRJE 9.0: "Quest"

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Bio

Hilary Noble founded Enclave in 2003 with pianist Rebecca Cline with a view to reinterpreting the Latin/jazz fusion for the 21st century. The group paints with a broad palette of Afro-Latin and jazz colors and its music has variously been described as fiery, refreshing, and forward-looking.

Enclave released its first, eponymous title on Zoho in 2005 to critical acclaim and strong support from New England-based fans. The recipient of a 2007 New Works Commission from Chamber Music America, Enclave premiered the new suite, Clay, Iron, Water, in the fall of 2008 in Boston and New York. Enclave Diaspora, the quartets second release, offers fresh material whose engaging melodies belie the adventurous harmonies and rhythms that bubble underneath.

The creative partnership of Noble and Cline shows itself in the finishing of each others musical sentences as they jointly conceive, compose, and arrange the music. Their musical grammar derives from a variety of sources: Hilary has studied saxophone with Yusef Lateef in the U.S., and percussion with Maximino Duquesne in Cuba. Rebecca has studied piano with Joanne Brackeen in the U. S., and with Chucho Valds in Cuba. Hilary and Rebecca have performed with some of the torchbearers of the music, including Giovanni Hidalgo, Bobby Sanabria and John Santos.

Bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Steve Langone anchor the sound of the group, which has been evolving with unchanging personnel for three years. Fernando and Steve have played jointly with the Jinga Trio, Jinga Quintet, Nando Michelin, and have also performed separately with the likes of Luciana Souza, Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Samuels, Dave Kikoski, Paulo Braga, and many others.

Enclave has played at the Heineken Jazzfest Puerto Rico, the Iridium (NYC), B. B. King's (NYC), Jazz Gallery (NYC), Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC), Maine Jazz Festival, The Nuyorican Cafe (San Juan), the Regattabar and other venues.

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