Larry Schneider: Ali Girl

Horace Silver veteran Schneider plays tenor sax on two tracks and soprano on the other four, backed by Dave Stryker, guitar, Jay Anderson, bass and Billy Drummond, drums. Fluegelhornist Albert Sipiagin guests on a couple of selections. Four of the tunes here are standards, Schneider wrote the other two.

On both horns Schneider performs with passion and swings hard. He can play fast, although sometimes his work gets a bit sloppy. But he doesn’t have a distinctive voice. He’s derived ideas from several saxmen, including Sonny Rollins, and plays with conviction; still his work has a somewhat generic quality. Similarly Sipiagin, while competent, owes too much to Miles Davis.

Stryker impresses with his intelligent, big-toned work. An earthy improviser, he avoids cliches and doesn’t waste notes.