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Jim Snidero: Waves of Calm (Savant)

Waves of Calm could not be more different from Jim Snidero’s previous two releases, and that’s deliberate. In 2016, he delivered MD66, a tribute to Miles Davis’ second quintet that frequently found the alto saxophonist fired up and blowing hot, while its followup, last year’s Jubilation!, a collaboration with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, nodded to another … Read More “Jim Snidero: Waves of Calm (Savant)”

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Jeremy Pelt: Noir en Rouge: Live in Paris (HighNote) + Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Savant)

If you build it, the muse will come. That was the operating principle behind trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s latest album as a leader: He brought his working quintet, the same acoustic postbop band heard on 2017’s Make Noise!, to Paris last fall, intent on recording a two-night stand at the intimate Sunset/Sunside club. Three of the … Read More “Jeremy Pelt: Noir en Rouge: Live in Paris (HighNote) + Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Savant)”

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Jim Snidero: MD66

The title means “Miles Davis 1966.” The Second Great Quintet reshaped jazz 50 years ago. Its records still sound current. Jim Snidero’s 20th recording as a leader is, approximately, a tribute album. His quintet shares some of the Davis band’s harmonic and rhythmic ambivalence. Yet the only Davis song they play is “Blue in Green,” … Read More “Jim Snidero: MD66”

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Jim Snidero: Main Street

A determinedly straightahead alto saxophonist, Jim Snidero staffs his Main Street quartet with determinedly adventurous young musicians-and gets them swinging along with him. It’s no surprise to hear that pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston have the meat-and-potatoes bop chops that a Snidero record requires; it is, however, invigorating. Those musicians … Read More “Jim Snidero: Main Street”

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Jim Snidero: Stream of Consciousness

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 … Read More “Jim Snidero: Stream of Consciousness”

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Jim Snidero <i>Interface</i>

As the composer of all the tunes on Interface, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero sees the album as a transition away from bebop and hard bop, he tells liner-note writer Ted Panken. There are certain “inside” ideas and certain “outside” ideas beyond straight-ahead, he says. Thus, we hear elements of jazz-rock, Far Eastern modality, North African … Read More “Jim Snidero <i>Interface</i>”

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