Novello, along with bassist Billy Sheehan, founded the now legendary progressive jazz blues rock trio Niacin based on Novello’s trademarked soulful B3 playing style and writing and features drummer extraordinaire Dennis Chambers and rock and roll hall of famer Billy Sheehan on bass. The first CD was released in Japan and Asia in July 1996 on Video Arts Inc; the US/European CD was released on Stretch/Concord Records in March 1997. Since then Niacin has toured the world and recorded 6 CD’s and their last release “Time Crunch” on Magnacarta Records is already heralded as one of the legendary progressive fusion records of all time. Niacin’s current release Organik has just been released in Japan and in the States and has already been picked by Jazziz Magazine as instrumental fusion record of the year 2006 Novello has also composed the score for the feature film, Au Pair, released in Europe and spent three months in Russia where he served as musical technical consultant and coach on the feature film Red Hot starring Donald Sutherland.
John is currently scoring the music for the film The Pardon based on the true story of the only female to be put to death in Louisiana by electric chair - to be released early in 2008. Constantly reinventing himself, John teamed up with veteran producer/hit songwriter Andy Goldmark and created Novello B3 Soul which is a new contemporary jazz/hip hop project bring John back to his funk blues roots. Novello B3 Soul will be released March 2009 as a joint venture on NuGroove/NoGo records! www.myspace.com/novellob3soul Author Also, John’s new book, The Song That Never Ended, the story of how he and his wife Gloria Rusch met and created music together and fought cancer is now officially released on New Paradigm Books. (See newpara.com) Quotes "John's improvisation and composition exemplify the spirit of freedom and sense of adventure Jazz is all about.
John Novello! Check him out, he's one of a kind." Edgar Winter "John Novello's B-3 playing is incredible; it's rare to hear someone pushing the B to the limit and having such a great time doing it. His compositions are the perfect vehicle for his wide-ranging musical interests and virtuosic chops. The combination of John's tunes and Niacin's over-the-top rhythm section pretty much guarantees an evening that's perfect for simultaneously mind-expanding and head-banging." Ernie Rideout, Editor in Chief, Keyboard magazine "B3 Soul has got that Groove!!! In the pocket, nice and heavy. I love the changes!" Isaac Hayes "Your 'Salt & Pepper' and 'The Message' from B3 Soul SMOKE! Great grooves and great keyboard playing! Congratulations.
Chick Corea "John is a bad cat - definitely funky!" George Duke "Novello is an outstanding gritty B3 blues player!” JazzTimes “On Niacin’s latest CD Time Crunch” Novello, as he has done so often before, takes command of his instrument, unleashing a stream of furiously felt notes that are full of burn and always absent of compromise.” Jead Beaudoin Ghostland “Novello’s wealth of sonic textures is almost unprecedented!” John Kelman, All About Jazz "Niacin is like ELP on Sterioids. Novello plays fiery B3 licks that Keith Emerson should be playing!" Keyboard Magazine "Novello is a white guy who plays with so much heart and soul that you'd swear when you look over his shoulder you see a gospel choir!" Legendary Bassist Billy Sheehan For many years I have listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed John Novello's playing. His expertise on Hammond Organ and any other keyboard is immense and inspiring. The recordings he has produced with his band NIACIN, in the company of the mighty Billy Sheehan and legendary Dennis Chambers, are truly awesome.
Composer, arranger and keyboard wizard, John has the full complement of musical talents. He deserves great acclaim. BRIAN AUGER, MARCH 2007 Novello Keyboardist/Composer Solo Albums John Novello - "Too Cool" Composer/Keyboardist - ITI/Spindletop Records 1988 John Novello - On The Other Side – Composer/Keyboardist - Sentemo Records 1991 John Novello - What’s Goin’ On - Yamaha PianoSoft Plus 1993 John Novello - For You - Yamaha PianoSoft 1994 John Novello - The Lady Sings the Blues - Yamaha - 1995 John Novello - Here & Now - Yamaha – 1996 John Novello – Threshold 2004 Holographic Record Selected Album Credits Mark Isham - "Mark Isham" Midi B-3 Hammond Organ Virgin Records 1990 Manhattan Transfer - "Extensions" Atlantic Records Chick Corea - "Eye of the Beholder" - Synthesist GRP Records Al Vizutti - "Red Metal" Bainbridge Records A Taste of Honey - "Ladies of The Eighties" Capital Mr. Big - Organ - Atlantic Records 1995 Niacin - Billy Sheehan/John Novello Project 1996 Video Arts, Inc Japan Niacin - Live Blood, Sweat & Beers - 1997 Video Arts Records, Japan Niacin – Live Blood, Sweat & Beers – 2004 Us Version Magnacarta Records Niacin - High Bias Stretch/Concord Records US & Video Arts, Inc in Japan Niacin - Deep - MagnaCarta Records US & Video Arts, Inc in Japan/Asia Niacin – Time Crunch – Magna Carta Records US & Video Arts, Inc Japan/Asia Niacin – Organik Video Arts, Inc Japan/Asia 2005 Gloria Rusch - Tightrope Novello/Rusch Records 2000 Man of The Year 2004 Beeswax records Hammond B3 and Piano As Long As You’re Living Yours - The Music of Keith Jarrett 2000 Peggy’s Blues Skylight Andy Summer (police) 2000 Hammond B3 ELP Tribute: Encores Legends & Paradox - 1999 The music of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake & Carl Palmer Producer Niacin - Billy Sheehan/John Novello Project 1996 Video Arts, Inc Japan Niacin - Live Blood, Sweat & Beers - 1997 Video Arts Records, Japan Niacin - High Bias Stretch/Concord Records US & Video Arts, Inc in Japan Niacin - Deep - MagnaCarta Records US & Video Arts, Inc in Japan/Asia Niacin – Time Crunch – MagnaCarta Records US & Video Arts, Inc Japan/Asia Niacin - Organik 2005 Magnacarta Records US & Video Arts, Inc Japan/Asia Gloria Rusch - Tightrope Novello/Rusch Records 2000 John Novello - "Too Cool" Composer/Keyboardist - ITI/Spindletop Records 1988 John Novello - On The Other Side – Composer/Keyboardist - Sentemo Records 1991 Carmel Helene – LunaTek Music 2003 Live Concert Background Chick Corea - Synthesizer Programmer, Muscial Educational Consultant - DCI Videos Ramsey Lewis - Synthesist on 1984 live tour Hubert & Ronnie Laws - Keyboardist/Synthesist Berklee Jazz Festival Ritchie Cole - Piano 1981-82 Manhattan Transfer - Rehearsal Pianist/Musical Director on album "Extensions." Al Vizutti - Keyboardist 1981 Larry Coryell - Keyboardist 1981 Donna Summer - Multi synthesist 1981-81 A Taste Of Honey - Musical Director/keyboardist/Arranger 1978 - 1981 Edgar Winter - Hammond B3 1984 Niacin- Cofounder composer/Hammond B3 - 1996-06 world tours Feature Films/Videos Au Pair - Original Filmscore - Translantic Entertainment Heinrich Dahms Director 1991 Red Hot - Music Technical Consultant - SC Entertainment - Paul Haggis Director 1995 The Omega Code - TBS - 1999 Niacin - Live At The Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan Video Arts Inc 1996 l Leonard – 2006 Author – Nonfiction “The Song That Never Ended” 2002 A jazz musician’s intuitive discussion of his journey to love and beyond through the passing of his spouse.
New Paradigm Books 2003 Author - Music Education The Contemoporary Keyboardist Manual - Hal Leonard 1999 The Contemporary Keyboardist Three-Part Video Series -Hal Leonard 2000 The Contemporary Keyboardist Stylistic Etudes - Hal Leonard – 1999 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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