Bob Sneider: Out of the Darkness (2001)
On Sneider's second outing for Sons of Sound , he appears in different settings - duo with percussion, bebop quintet, trio - each revealing a different color in his extensive palette. His writing gifts are especially evident on the burning title tune and the tender "Waltz for Aleta," and his addition of an intriguing head-twist to "Love Walked In." There's a good mix of electric and acoustic guitar, and the pacing is a naturalistic, satisfying sequence of density and mood. A string quartet enhances two tracks without adding any of that cloying sweetness; in fact, "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" is a highlight of the album, along with the graceful takes on "Isfahan," "Pyramid," and Jobim's "Dreamer." Bassist Bob Stata, pianist Paul Hofmann and drummer Mike melito are consistently first-rate. The last track, Kenny Burrell's "Lyrestro," is actually a concert video, playable on Quicktime 3.0, which my antique equipment will not accommodate; but while I can't report on the audio, the video reveals that a good time was had by all. It certainly sounds like it. A thoroughly enjoyable CD.
Track Listing: Isfahan, Out of the Darkness, David's Tune, Waltz for Aleta, Love Walked In, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer), If I Had You, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to, Pyramid, Lyresto
Personnel: Bob Sneider (electric and classical guitar), John Sneider (trumpet), Paul Hofmann (piano), Bob Stata (bass), Mike Melito (drums), Tony Padilla (percussion), string quartet: Diedre Foley (violin), Heather Netz (violin), Adrienne Sommerville (viola), Christoher Hutton (cello), strings arranged by David Ravello
Record Label: Sons of Sound