Roger Noyes is a multi-instrumentalist who performs in a mix of genres, including jazz, garage rock, alt-country and Americana styles. He has recently performed with the Arch Stanton Quartet, Jazz Caravan, Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen, MR Poulopoulos and Rebel Darling. His main group, the Arch Stanton Quartet, toured Egypt and performed at the Cairo International Jazz Festival in 2013. The band was named "Best Local Jazz Band" in Metroland's 2013 reader's poll, performed at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival in September 2013, opening for 7-string guitar master Charlie Hunter, and more recently opened up the Bridge Jazz Festival in Albany in February 2016, opening for Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis, of the "first family" of New Orleans jazz fame.
"Review — Bridge Jazz Fest a mighty tasty treat (Times Union, February 29, 2016): "Led by guitarist Roger Noyes and trumpeter Terry Gordon, Local 518 favorites the Arch Stanton Quartet kicked off Saturday night's festivities in swaggering fashion with a muscular, envelope-pushing 45-minute slot that featured their original four-song suite from "Blues for Soli," based on their 2013 tour of Egypt."
"Review — Arch Stanton Quartet's Blues For Soli (Times Union, February 26, 2015): "The first track, 'Kofta,' begins with anxious, unsettling, out-of-time chaos, until it finally finds its feet with an unexpected slow back-beat groove (Steven Partyka, drums, and Chris Macchia, bass). On top of that, an almost mechanical melody rides, split between the trumpet (Terry Gordon) and guitar (Roger Noyes). Mad solos ensue, and Noyes bravely plays crystal clean, and leaves his unaffected guitar naked and vulnerable, fast and funky, while the sassy trumpet goes for the throat."
"Review — Arch Stanton Quartet's Blues For Soli (Metroland, November 20, 2014): "'Kofta' is one of guitarist Roger Noyes’ newer originals, which opens the album with an ambiguous but sensitive open space vaguely reminiscent of the melody of Charles Mingus’ 'I X Love,' before breaking into a harmonically similar space but with a beat evocative of Led Zeppelin’s 'When the Levee Breaks.' Bassist Chris Macchia dregs along on a bowed bass line that creates a kind of woozy tilt beneath the melody and solos."
"A Few Minutes With ... Roger Noyes of the Arch Stanton Quartet" (Nippertown.com, September 4, 2013): "Happily, the Greater Nippertown jazz scene has more than a few players who have no problem thinking outside of the box, and the Arch Stanton Quartet is the latest example of that trend. While there's plenty of hard bop and bebop in their ever-expanding catalog, the ASQ's overall sound has a carbon-fiber core that lets them maintain the agility and flexibility of the 21st-century groups that have become darlings of the jam-band circuit. Using shorter words, they're as nasty as they want to be without sacrificing the intelligence that makes their original compositions such a pleasure to listen to ... fans might not have been aware of Roger Noyes, whose fuzzed-up guitar shares space on the ASQ front line with [trumpeter Terry] Gordon’s arsenal of horns. That guitar brings a whip-snap sound to all the group’s tunes, even as it provides a real contrast to Gordon's shining tone."
"Review — Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen, Bound for Abiquiu" (Seven Days, August 21, 2013): "On the Hank Williams-esque 'Another Good Thing Is Come and Gone,' Roger Noyes' pedal steel glides effortlessly over a gently chugging groove as Johnson laments the infirmity of love. Here and throughout the record, Noyes’ contributions are impeccably tasteful."
A Little Jazz Diplomacy (Daily Gazette, April 13, 2013): The Daily Gazette profiles the Arch Stanton Quartet's tour of Egypt in March 2013.
Old, new converge in Arch Stanton Quartet's Ride — Review by Dave Malachowski (Kingston Daily Freeman, March 15, 2013): "With one foot in the timeless traditions of bop, and the other about to set down on something new, the Arch Stanton Quartet is as mysterious as its name, with killer players that aren't afraid to go out on a limb, right to the very end."
Five Questions With Arch Stanton Quartet Guitarist Roger Noyes (Troy Record, March 15, 2013)
Review by Nick Mondello — Arch Stanton Quartet, Along For The Ride (CD Baby, November 27, 2012): "Noyes, as others in this group do, performs in and draws experiences from various ensembles. He can blow and octave-ize as funky as they get. Both he and [trumpeter Terry] Gordon write with terrific pens."
Review by J Hunter — Arch Stanton Quartet, Along For The Ride (Nippertown.com, November 15, 2012): "If guitarist Roger Noyes played in the Wes Montgomery/Pat Martino mode, he could pick up the role, but that’s not Noyes’ style: Even though his solo conforms to the Montgomery form, Noyes’ sound has a pack of Rottweilers living inside it, with sharp teeth and Rebar-strength muscle."
"Review — Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen, Sleep on the Way" (Metroland, October 4, 2012): "The Expert Sidemen ... move deftly between the crushing tear-in-beer honky-tonk of 'Someone New' and the Gypsy-tinged 'Stateline Blues' ... The licks are tasteful and familiar, two other qualities that are fairly requisite for the genre."
"Grainbelt CD release show marks rare Albany appearance" (Daily Gazette, June 21, 2012)
"Quartet's name a nod to iconic film" (Daily Gazette, June 2, 2011)
"Eccentric trio efbom defies description" (Daily Gazette, November 12, 2009)
"Review — The Kent Variety, Spectacle" (Seven Days, March 3-10, 2004): "The group sounds tight and polished, with the addition of lead guitarist Roger Noyes providing some needed depth to the music ... The album boasts many a nimble-fingered solo and well-placed drum fill ... The real plus of the group, however, is Noyes' guitar playing. It's difficult to imagine the band once existed without him, as his licks and tangling solos push this music to another level."
Recording: Blues For Soli (2014) — band: Arch Stanton Quartet (Guitar)
Recording: Get Down and Pray (2015) — band: Olivia Quillio (pedal steel)
Recording: Sleep On The Way (2012) — band: Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen (electric guitar and pedal steel)
Recording: Along For The Ride (2012) — band: The Arch Stanton Quartet (Guitar). Compositions below by Roger Noyes
Recording: Harvest The Heart (2013) — band: MR Poulopoulos (pedal steel).
Recording: Bound for Abiquiu (2013) — band: Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen (pedal steel).
Copyright 2011, Roger Noyes