Jim Snidero: Tippin' (2007)
The title track, a ridiculously fast blues, starts out with a thick layer of chops-heavy grease courtesy of Bollenback's George Benson-inspired lines. Snidero and LeDonne follow suit with their own blistering bursts of bebop energy. Ledonne's "Young Like" pays homage to the late organist Larry Young. The structural demands of the piece, coupled with its frenetic tempo, do not seem to phase the quartet. Everyone solos with clearly defined, imaginative lines.
The waters eventually calm and settle into more typical organ combo grooviness. Tunes like "Let's Be Frank," Snidero's Basie-style tribute to Frank Wess, "The More I See You," revealing the influence of Jimmy Smith on LeDonne's soloing, and the funky "K2," are toe-tapping, feel-good cuts.
The session's original tunes are the most exciting, but in the hands of these top-notch soloists, even well-worn standards like "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and "Alone Together" end up sounding slick.
There's nothing startling about Tippin'. It's just hip, swinging music performed exceptionally well. Snidero and crew leave a soulful impression.
Track Listing: Tippin'; Let's Be Frank; Young Like; The More I See You; Lover Man Oh Where Can You Be; You Stepped Out Of A Dream; K2; Alone Together; Fried Oysters.
Personnel: Jim Snidero: alto saxophone; Mike LeDonne: Hammond B-3 organ; Paul Bollenback: guitar; Tony Reedus: drums.
Record Label: Savant Records