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With Dave Douglas
Hartford 2016 [no label, 2CD]

Music of the Mississippi Delta Blues Singers, Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT; August 8, 2016. Very good FM broadcast. Slight hiss.

With the recent deaths of Chuck Berry and James Cotton, this show’s setlist could well be considered a requiem for the dead.

A series of free concerts at Bushnell Park, Hartford. Produced by the Hartford Jazz Society, Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s longest-running free jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season.

Noah Preminger, just 29, has recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums and is steadily listed as one of the best tenor saxophonists by critics and readers on the annual Downbeat Poll. In 2016, Preminger had three releases - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (a recording inspired by Delta Mississippi Blues musicians); an all-ballads date on the French vinyl label, Newvelle, Some Other Time; and as a sideman on Rob Garcia’s Finding love in an oligarchy on a dying planet (Brooklyn Jazz Underground).

Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut. Preminger released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, just after his 21st birthday and was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice Critics Poll. Preminger’s second and third albums as a leader came in 2011 and 2013 while signed to the Palmetto Records label. The Boston Globe says Preminger’s music is “…impressive, challenging, and beautiful.” The saxophonist has performed on key stages from the US to Europe and Australia, and has played and/or recorded with the likes of Billy Hart, Dave Holland, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston, Rob Garcia, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, and Dr Eddie Henderson.

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Thanks to cosmicchucky for sharing the show at Dime.

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> Ayre QA9 > Audacity > TLH > flac 16

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Disc 1 (set 1)
Track 100. introductions 0:52
Track 101. I’m The Heavenly Way (Bukka White) 12:36
Track 102. stage announcements 1:22
Track 103. Trouble in Mind 7:44
Track 104. Hard Times Killing Floor Blues (Skip James) 8:54
Track 105. song intro 1:04
Track 106. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (Blind Willie Johnson) 6:18
Track 107. band introductions 0:19
Track 108. stage announcement, interview 18:30
58 mins

Disc 2 (set 2)
Track 201. introductions 1:37
Track 202. Parchment Farm 20:44
Track 203. introductions 1:15
Track 204. Future Blues 7:22
Track 205. stage announcements 1:53
Track 206. I Shall Not Be Moved (Mississippi John Hurt) 2:50
Track 207. closing notes 1:00
37 mins

Noah Preminger - tenor saxophone
Dave Douglas - trumpet
Kim Cass - bass
Ian Froman - drums

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