Noise is a Boston-based creative music ensemble featuring saxophonist
Chris Veilleux, guitarist Phil Sargent and drummer Mike Connors.
Together they creatively blur the lines between composition and
free improvisation with original compositions that draw from a variety
of influences, most prominently the odd meters and Eastern tonalities
of ethnic Balkan music, modern jazz and rock.
The group, whose members also collaborate in ensembles such as trumpeter
Jerry Sabatini's Sonic Explorers, performs regularly in the Boston
area, and released its debut CD, Trio
(Creative Nation Music) in 2005, inspiring critics to write, "The
small band generates an impressive cinematic sweep with its music"
(Scott McLennan, Worcester Telegram and Gazette) and "Trio
provides plenty of new material that stretches the boundaries
of the jazz genre" (Edward Blanco, ejazznews.com).
Cadence reviewer David Kane added, "[Sargent's] compositional
originality is matched by his incisive playing, which ranges from 'inside'
lyricism to hard-edged, riff-based screaming rock and satisfying
surreal textures aided by his intelligent use of electronics. Veilleux,
too, displays an impressive range of approaches in his sax playing,
mirroring Sargent's improvisational inventiveness and contributing
a nice tune with 'Ditty for Dorsey.' Connors' deft playing
calls upon multiple influences from straight ahead to Free Jazz all
the way through to rock-funk, all delivered quite effectively with
an alert awareness of the ensemble's needs at all times."