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Jim Snidero: Stream of Consciousness

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Stream of Consciousness is Jim Snidero’s third straight strong quartet record with guitarist Paul Bollenback. When the only chording instrument in a saxophonist’s band is a guitar, musical space opens up and textures take on more air. As Snidero says in the liner notes, “Paul’s chords decay much faster than a piano’s.”

It’s the third in a row but it’s different because of Snidero’s new, young, hot rhythm section. Bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston bring an unpredictable, loose, edgy energy. The single most important point about Snidero is that he has one of the cleanest, purest alto saxophone sounds in jazz. That extraordinary tone is beautifully captured here by engineer Mike Marciano. It is a sound so seductive that you can get lost in it if you’re not careful, and miss the continuous subtlety of Snidero’s ideas.

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