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Love T.K.O.

by Eddie Gip Noble

Smooth Jazz, contemporary Jazz, Adult contemporary Jazz. Jazz Pop
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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2. Trains & Boats & Planes
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3. Desert B.C.
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4. Gip Hop
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5. Love T.K.O.
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6. Carousel
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7. Nite Song
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8. Reggae Man
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9. Sailing
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10. Cristo Redentor
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11. Trains & Boats & Plans (Radio Edit)
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Pianist and keyboardist Eddie Gip Noble, a music veteran of both the jazz and rhythm’n’blues scenes for the past three decades, has released his debut album, Love T.K.O., titled after the huge hit he wrote for a Teddy Pendergrass Platinum album. Although Noble’s primarily-instrumental CD will appeal to smooth jazz enthusiasts, its unique style comes from the blending of R&B and funk rhythms with jazz soloing on acoustic and electric pianos.

An admitted fan of Herbie Hancock’s keyboard work (especially his classic Sixties and Seventies performances), Noble on this new recording specifically attempted to capture that historic jazz-funk fusion sound, although updated with his own contemporary embellishments. The result is frisky, funky beats masterfully blended in select spots with melodic improvisation. Gip is featured on piano and various synthesizers, and is joined by several special guest musicians including female singers on the choruses of a couple of tunes.

Noble’s CD, on Sonido Noble Records, can be purchased online at his website (personalized and autographed copies available at www.eddiegipnoble.com), major web-stores such as www.amazon.com and www.cdbaby.com, and many digital download locations including iTunes and Rhapsody.

Noble is a former child prodigy turned jazz patriarch. Because of his extensive musical background playing with top R&B, blues and jazz artists, Gip brings a lot of variety to his own music.

He has toured extensively supporting such R&B notables as Brothers Johnson (serving as musical director as well), Gladys Knight & The Pips, Patti Austin, Barry White, Shalamar, Mary Wells, the Marvelettes, Teena Marie, The Drifters, The Platters, Brenton Woods, Arpeggio, The Jones Girls, Mona Raye Campbell, Munyungo (Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle), Ricky Minor (Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie), Tisha Campbell (Lenny Kravitz), Gil Askey (Diana Ross, The Temptations) and others. Gip also has played with top blues artists including Johnny “Guitar” Watson (they toured for four years and Gip served as musical director), Etta James (as her musical director), Albert Collins and blues-rocker Joe Walsh.

In addition, Noble has extensive credentials in the jazz field having performed with saxophonist Gerald Albright, saxophonist Plas Johnson (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald), trumpet and flugelhorn player Rahmlee Michael Davis (Earth Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis), bassist Larry Gales (Thelonious Monk, Herbie Mann), bassist Henry “The Skipper” Franklin (Freddie Hubbard, Archie Shepp), bassist Andy Simkins (The Three Sounds, George Shearing), drummer James Gatson (Norman Connors), saxophonist and singer Pamela Williams (Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle), singer Linda Hopkins (Jackie Wilson), singer Debra Laws (Dianne Reeves, Ronnie Laws), guitarist Ronald Muldrow (Eddie Harris, Maceo Parker), bassist Hilliard Wilson (Dionne Warwick, Paul Taylor), and singer Ernie Andrews (Harry James Orchestra, Gene Harris), among others.

Gip has recorded with Randy Crawford, Noel Pointer, Wayne Henderson, David Oliver, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Etta James, Womack & Womack, Shalamar, Stacye Branche, Charles Brown, Amos Garrett and Hilliard Wilson. Noble has appeared in numerous films as an actor playing a musician – the Clint Eastwood-directed “Bird” (the Charlie Parker biography), “City Heat” with Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, “Animal House” in Chuck Berry’s band, Richard Pryor’s “Jo Jo Dancer,” Eddie Murphy’s “The Nutty Professor,” “Against All Odds” with Jeff Bridges, “Inspector Gadget” and “The Tina Turner Story;” and Gip also made appearances in television shows such as “Dallas,” “Knot’s Landing” and Julia Louis- Dreyfus’s “12 Minutes of Fame” and “Watching Ellie.”

“Love T.K.O.,” co-written by Noble and Cecil Womack, not only was a major R&B and pop hit for Pendergrass (amazon.com called the song his “greatest of the great”), the tune also has been covered by Hall & Oates, Bette Midler, Womack & Womack, Regina Belle, The Nylons, Boz Scaggs, Clive Griffin, Rory Block, Jacksoul, Sarah Jane Morris and Eric Darius, and has been sampled for recordings by Mila J and Compton’s Most Wanted. Additionally, Noble has co-written songs for Brothers Johnson (the hit “I’m Giving You All Of My Love”), Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s Watsonian Institute (“Funk If I Know”), Etta James (“You Send Me” and two others), and Pamela Williams (“Temperature’s Rising”).

Born Gip Edward Noble, Jr. in Chicago, his earliest musical memory is his father playing piano frequently in their home. “My dad played a lot of jazz and standards, and began giving me lessons when I was four. I lived at the corner of 43rd and South Park, and right there was the 400 Liquor Store that played jazz loud all day long, and just down the block a jazz night club, the Rose Room, so I heard music all the time. I was too young to get into the clubs, but I remember standing outside one time listening to Smokey Robinson sing.” Gip’s earliest influences were all the Motown pop-soul acts and the more bluesy Etta James, Ray Charles and Bobby Blue Bland. “My life changed when a friend gave me a single by The Three Sounds with Gene Harris on piano,” Gip remembers. “I immediately started looking for jazz piano teachers and found Don James, who was a friend of Herbie Hancock’s. Don told me I should be listening to Herbie so I started buying his albums and every recording I could find with Herbie on it, and that led me to a lot of other great jazz like Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Wayne Shorter.”

Noble went into the Air Force and was stationed in Germany where he hung out with members of the post’s military band and played in their experimental jazz group before starting his own jazz trio to perform in German clubs. Gip saw two influential concerts in Germany, Miles Davis (“his stuff became my musical bible”) and Grand Funk Railroad (“I have always listened to all types of music from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Wonder”). Back in Chicago, Noble studied avant-garde jazz with Muhal Richard Abrams (Dexter Gordon, Max Roach), president of the influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Noble began composing, and his tune “Desert B.C.” received airplay in Chicago.

Gip moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to further his musical pursuits and quickly became a sought-after accompanist for top R&B and blues acts. “One time I was hired by Gladys Knight and it was intense because they gave me her music at 10 p.m. and we started tour rehearsals the next morning. In the show she sang ‘I Will Survive’ and I accompanied her alone on piano. When I toured Japan with Patti Austin, we did ‘A Song For You’ and she told me she wanted me to play it with a different ending every night. That was quite a challenge.” In his spare time, Noble put together jazz trios and quartets to play Southern California gigs doing material by Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Noel Pointer, Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour and other popular contemporary jazzsters. “I always tried to be innovative with my arrangements and add my own twist to them.”

On his Love T.K.O. album, Gip brought in special guests: drummer and co-producer David Williams (The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle), bassist Andre Berry (Brothers Johnson), saxophonist Louis Taylor (Ray Charles, Michael Bolton), trumpet player Jon Barnes, and vocalists Mona Raye Campbell (Tisha Campbell) and Zuri (Chaka Kahn, Brenton Woods). Noble’s version of “Love T.K.O.” is mostly-instrumental (“I had just left a relationship when I wrote it so I could relate to the idea of a ‘technical knock-out’.”). Noble wrote a half-dozen other tunes for this recording including “Noble Cause” (“making music is the most noble cause I know”), “Nite Song” (“I envisioned two lovers walking hand-in-hand in the moonlight along the ocean”), the goodtimey “Carousel” and the urban beats of “Gip Hop.” Noble does a seven-minute-plus version of Burt Bacharach’s “Trains & Boats & Planes” (made famous by Dionne Warwick) full of piano soloing (“I first arranged this in 1970”), and a smooth jazz version of the big pop hit “Sailing.” Noble also covers “Christo Redentor” (“I was inspired by the version with Herbie Hancock playing piano behind trumpet player Donald Byrd”).

“I’m still influenced by the amazing, funky, electric piano sounds that Herbie Hancock created 35 years ago. I try to instill my playing with that same drive and energy.”


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Smoothjazz.com Review

Cool, Confident & Colorful
You may recall the Teddy Pendergrass hit “Love T.K.O.” It’s featured on several of the soul man’s albums. The tune was also covered by a myriad of stars, the likes of Bette Midler, Daryl Hall and Regina Belle. The song was written in 1978 by pianist/keyboardist Eddie Gip Noble and now, nearly 30 years later, the author has released it on his (believe it or not) debut album. The music veteran’s exciting new release will appeal to Smooth Jazz fans with its confidently cool blend of R&B, funk and groove along with some sizzling jazz piano solos! An admitted fan of Herbie Hancock, Noble definitely captures that jazz funk fusion. The primarily instrumental release features some skilled vocal layering that adds color and texture to the deep mix. You wouldn’t expect anything less than serious jazz jams from this musical whiz. He has toured extensively with such R&B notables as Brothers Johnson, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Barry White. He’s performed and recorded with jazz and blues greats like Etta James, Patti Austin, Randy Crawford and Gerald Albright. Special guests on LOVE T.K.O. include drummer/co-producer David Williams (O’Jays, Patti LaBelle), Smooth Jazz bassist Andre Berry, and saxman Louis Taylor (Ray Charles, Michael Bolton). Stand out tracks include the funky “Desert BC,” his jazzy version of “Love T.K.O,” the sophisticated “Noble Cause,” and the romantic “Nite Song.” Eddie Gip Noble, a former child prodigy turned jazz patriarch, can clearly do anything he sets his mind to. Welcome to the world of Smooth Jazz! ~SANDY SHORE

Smooth Jazz Therapy by Denis Poole

It might have taken Gip Noble three decades to get around to releasing his first
Pianist and keyboard player Eddie Gip Noble has recorded with everyone from Randy Crawford to Womack & Womack. As a performer he has shared the stage with Gerald Albright, Pamela Williams, Pattie Austin, Gladys Knight and Etta James yet perhaps his biggest claim to fame is as the creator of the tune ‘Love TKO’ that he co-wrote with Cecil Womack and which served to define the career of Teddy Pendergrass. Now Noble is using the track that has been variously covered or sampled by a host of artists including Hall & Oates, Boz Scaggs and Eric Darius, as the centre piece and title track for his debut solo album. It is a collection with massive cross over appeal that fuses soul and contemporary jazz to sensational effect and, although it includes several quality covers, is always at its best when showcasing Noble’s own compositions.

Noble sets the scene quickly with his own ‘Noble Cause’. This terrifically in control slice of funky smooth jazz has a kicking beat laced with a pleasing melody while just as funky is another Noble original, the mid tempo ‘Desert BC’. It has all the rhythm and groove you will ever need and when Noble turns to the Burt Bacharach classic ‘Trains & Boats & Planes’ he delivers a seven minute odyssey that, from mellow beginnings, builds with melodic intensity to a stunning climax. Jon Barnes makes a significant contribution on trumpet and when the track is later reprised as a ‘radio edit’ the effect is just as good. Noble’s mainly instrumental take on the Christopher Cross hit ‘Sailing’ features a splash of vocals from Zuri and Mona Raye Campbell. They fit perfectly and, when the mood changes to a deliciously romantic urban vibe, Campbell’s dulcet tones makes ‘Nite Song’ all her own.

Noble provides the jazzy ‘Gip Hop’ with a wonderfully retro feeling. It’s a tune that contrasts nicely with the light and melodic ‘Carousel’ and he uses the big and funky ‘Cristo Redentor’ to pay homage to one of his all time inspirations. Donald Byrd’s version of this Duke Pearson composition was a hit as far back as 1963 and featured the piano of Herbie Hancock. Noble grew up listening to Hancock and, at the time, this led him to seek out the other jazz greats. It was these influences along with his love for Motown that moulded his style and which years later brought him to ‘Love TKO’. Here, as a sax driven smoker and with the familiar melody in the capable hands of Louis Taylor, Noble makes sparing use of outstanding vocals from Zuri and Campbell to produce a tune of hugely atmospheric proportions. It is clearly one of the albums standout tracks and another personal favourite is the edgy ‘Reggae Man’. With just a hint of a reggae beat, and a foundation from Andre Berry on bass that is colossal, this rhythm drenched foot tapper checks all the right boxes.

It might have taken Gip Noble three decades to get around to releasing his first album but now its here it is something to savour.

Smooth Jazz Star Portrait

Love T.K.O. is the nucleus of Eddie Gip Noble's musical life. Colorful and rich.
Behind Teddy Pendergrass' Platinum hit Love T.K.O. stands one musician, the pianist and keyboardist Eddie Gip Noble. Noble wrote this hit for Pendergrass, widely covered by Hall & Oates, Bette Midler, Womack & Womack, Alex Bugnon, Boz Scaggs, Eric Darius and others. Since more than three decades he is part of the R&B and jazz scene contributing his energy to performance and recordings of numerous stars like Randy Crawford, Noel Pointer, Gerald Albright, Pamela Williams, Shalamar, and a lot more. These experiences, things, and people all in a nutshell comprise the influence and passion behind his highly acclaimed music.

“One time I was hired by Gladys Knight and it was intense because they gave me her music at 10 p.m. and we started tour rehearsals the next morning. In the show she sang ‘I Will Survive’ and I accompanied her alone on piano. When I toured Japan with Patti Austin, we did ‘A Song For You’ and she told me she wanted me to play it with a different ending every night. That was quite a challenge.”

Filled with impressions of a rich musician's life Noble Cause sets the landmark of this year's smooth jazz releases. Gip's piano play is fertile and productive. On any corner of the notes we meet new surprises. Fresh like a fountain of youth.

I grew up with classics of Burt Bacharach. Trains & Boats & Planes is one of his eternal hits covered by legends like Astrud Gilberto, Connie Francis, Stan Getz, Dionne Warwick or The Shadows. Noble's version feasts in the palatability of Burt Bacharach's masterpiece.

Desert B.C. is a funky burst out of all what a good synth equipment can offer. A joy to listen, a passion to perform.

On Gip Hop retro organ sound meets contemporary synth in a special overdubbed way.

The title song Love T.K.O. brings back memories featuring saxophonist Louis Taylor. It was 1981 when Teddy Pendergrass released his album Ready For Teddy with this huge hit.

Carousel is a vibrant turning circle with sounds of piano, synth and steel pans. Easy like a childhood dream on a green flowered summer meadow.

Nite Song is featuring Zuri, an impressing female singer who has already performed with Chaka Khan, Brenton Woods, Michael Bolton, Johnnie Taylor, Shirley Brown, Shirley Ceasar, Jennifer Holiday, Brenda Holloway, Vesta, Ramsey Lewis, to name a few. Her debut album A Woman's Perspective was released 2006 on Rasiah Records.

Reggae Man is an excursion to Jamaica's island. Swinging reggae flavored melody.

Christopher Cross' huge hit Sailing finds a safe harbor on Gip's album. An awesome rendition.

"Coming into Rio, you see Corcovado peak with its huge white statue of Christ. That sight led me to write this composition right away. I'd never felt that close to religion before," wrote Duke Pearson about his tune Cristo Redentor. Becoming ill Herbie Hancock became his permanent replacement in Donald Byrd's band. Herbie's piano play inspired Gip Noble to create his own graceful version.

The album is finished by a radio edit version of Trains & Boats & Planes.

Love T.K.O. is the nucleus of Eddie Gip Noble's musical life. Colorful and rich.

Sonja van Beers

Cool,Smooth and the Sopisticated {Love T.K.O)
of the today's music!
I love this up to date Instrumental version,
the hit song of(Teddy Pendergrass,Love T.K.O)
Love the arrangement with the voices,and the
subtle piano comes shining through like a
dim light.
Love it!