Noah Haidu

A rising star in New York's vibrant jazz scene, pianist/composer Noah Haidu makes his recording debut on the Posi – Tone Records label with the attention-grabbing Slipstream featuring an all-star cast of players and a primarily original selection of music. With jazz luminaries like trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon gracing the album as part of a core quintet, rising above their powerful performance is quite an accomplishment and Haidu does just that with his more than appreciable skills on the piano.

The album's opening salvo “Soulstep” is an excellent example of how the pianist emerges as the leader despite strong performances from both Pelt and Irabagon. There are seven Haidu originals—all superb charts and testament to his talents as a composer. The only cover tune here is the Cole Porter standard
“Just One Of Those Things,” bathed with a fresh new arrangement featuring the pianist in a pronounced role delivering one of the best solos of the project.

Trumpeter Pelt is the main man on the album's title piece peeling off a memorable horn solo quickly followed by a call and response performance from Irabagon on the alto. Haidu takes charge once again on the album's only ballad with a soft performance on “Float” as the tempo picks up slightly on the interesting “Take Your Time.”

Also joining Haidu on this compelling debut are bassist Chris Haney, drummer John Davis and drummer Willie Jones III on selected tracks. No question that pianist Noah Haidu is one of the finest young jazz lions to look out for as Slipstream will no doubt affirm.

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