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March 2006

Hilary Noble and Rebecca Cline
Enclave
Zoho

Saxophonist, flutist and percussionist Noble and pianist Cline, along with electric bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Steve Langone, give us an album of Latin originals (except Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"). The playing is hard-hitting and the performances seem lengthy. I find Cline's playing fragmented and Noble's tenor and soprano blustery and wild. It's all too much--as in long-winded and lacking concision.

Bass, drums and percussion connect for strong grooves on "Cha-Nando," "Viva-Freire" and the metrically challenging "Dragon Slayer" (partly in 7/4). Next up, the barely recognizable Porter tune alternates between a laidback mood and a more energetic feeling. "Once Eleven," initially in an Afro-Latin rhythm, incorporates straightahead jazz swing rhythm in the solos. The free-for-all "Rumbanations" is all Noble via overdubbing: soprano, alto, tenor and 10 percussion tracks.
Noble and Cline have technique to burn. The saxophonist often recalls David Murray and Pharaoh Sanders. Cline is harder to pin down, although a Latinate McCoy Tyner comes to mind at times. Next time for the pair and their cohorts, perhaps some editing and greater focus would be in order.

Originally published in March 2006
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