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New Frontier by the Steve Howe Trio – 402

What a great instrumental album! The Steve Howe Trio - New Frontier
What a great instrumental album!

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

This week, Mark and I have really enjoyed listening to the latest album from the Steve Howe Trio, New Frontier. 

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  • Have you heard anything from this band before?
  • It’s jazz…or is it?
  • How do the musicians play together?

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7 replies on “New Frontier by the Steve Howe Trio – 402”

I’ve had this for a few weeks now and posted a mini review in the notes to an episode some time back. I don’t think there is much Fusion in there. It’s a Jazz record with the occasional section that has Prog dynamics a la Greenslade or (more accurately Camel).

Love this album even more than the last studio one. The Jazz elements for me come from a tradition and point in time that pre-dates Fusion. That’s why it’s not Fusion to my ears.

Looking forward to seeing what you both make of it as it is the most musical solo record containing new material from a member of Yes in a very long time. Hugely recommended.

One listen through and I am very impressed.

The second track “left to chance “ was the one that had the most lasting impression

Always a big fan of the Hammond organ so with that and Dylan’s Howe’s excellent drumming together with some very nice work by Mr Howe himself I think they are on to a winner with this album

Have the vinyl edition and the production does not let the project down

Look forward to seeing if track 2 remains the most memorable after a few more spins in the turntable

Kevin, your remarks about having very little exposure to jazz made me a bit sad. You’re missing out on so much good music! You might recall that Bill Martin in his book “Music of Yes” compared Chris Squire to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Plenty of jazz artists could be considered progressive in their own way, going all the way back to Duke Ellington (for instance check out “Money Jungle” with Charles Mingus and Max Roach as well as his album with Coltrane). Another must-listen is the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “Time Out” with its exploration of exotic time signatures ten years before prog rock hit the scene. As for epic compositions, the long-form piano improvisations by Keith Jarrett (e.g., the Bremen/Lausanne concerts) are amazing. There’s a whole world out there waiting for you…

Great episode as always – as this is one (of a few) reasons I listen to you both as I had never heard of this side of Steve – Last album of his I heard was the excellent “Natural Timber”, and thought it was so good he couldn’t do it better – so I will seek this album out now – and thanks for extending the competition – I have submitted my confident ‘3’ right answers and 16 stretchy guesses!

Another great show. For those who don’t have the 2 previous Trio albums, I can highly recommend them. I love all 3 Trio albums and hope there are more down the road when Steve has the time. He’s covering a lot of musical ground on albums in recent years with Yes, the Trio, and solo.

I like this album more each time I listen to it. I don’t worry too much about the genre. Steve is a rock guitarist who is heavily influenced by country. All three of them are wonderful musicians who have found a way to make music together. Sure, the overarching structure is jazz in some fashion, but probably some jazz purists would reject this. I remember a comment on amazon or apple about the first trio album that criticized Steve for being a rock guitarist, not a jazz guitarist. Seems beside the point if the music is good.
One thing I really liked about the liner was the photos of Steve and Ross working together, in the same room. Made me think of photos of Yes doing the same, back in the day before musicians just emailed their files to each other. I’d like to see similar photos of Steve and Geoff and Billy, at the very least, working together “in the presence of” each other.

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