The Music Of Norman Howard
School Days And The Thing
"Norman Howard played trumpet with the legendary Albert Ayler but, so far as we are aware, he only released a cassette recording as a band leader. This was on the Homeboy label in 1968 and was entitled "Burn Baby Burn". He played with Joe Phillips on alto saxophone, Walter Cliff on bass and Corney Millsap on drums. The inspiration behind our current release is to showcase this wonderful music with an updated hue. The recording, which was made in the cellar of the Anagram Records store in Stockholm on November 19th 2001, brings together Mats Gustafsson and a group of Swedish, Norwegian, and American musicians."
""The icing on the cake of the Swedish azz line-up are 79-year-old Holmström himself and 72-year-old trumpet legend Bengt Ernryd. Compared to the original, Swedish azz’s version is much gloomier. Kjell Nordeson’s vibraphone illustrates an insecure atmosphere, then Ernryd’s trumpet in combination with the other reeds increases the tension before the piece turns to a violent free jazz orgy, in which any order seems to have gone overboard. All instruments struggle with each other, there is absolute turmoil. It is interesting that in contrast to other Swedish azz pieces the electronics are hardly audible. All in all, Swedish azz have adopted the structure as well as the focus on the acoustic instrumentation of the original." "