Jim Snidero: Tippin' (2007)
Tippin' marks Snidero's first time adding organ to his own band on a record date and there's hardly a better choice than Mike LeDonne, an old friend who started as a pianist but developed into one of the top players on the instrument. Snidero's quartet is rounded out by guitarist Paul Bollenback (also a McDuff alum) and drummer Tony Reedus, two first-call musicians who stay busy.
Snidero arranged several standards for the date. The upbeat treatment of "The More I See You" is an easygoing swinger that will get feet tapping. The leader's soulful side comes out in the poignant "Lover Man," though he inserts a few rapid-fire Charlie Parker-like runs to keep the mood from becoming overly maudlin. Bollenback's fluid but understated solo is a highlight of a burning "Alone Together."
The bulk of this session is devoted to originals. LeDonne contributed the challenging modal piece "Young Like," a turbulent tribute to the late organist Larry Young that sets the band on fire. Snidero's loping "Let's Be Frank" is a tribute to Wess and has the swinging lyricism that was a trademark of the tenor saxophonist's charts for Count Basie. The leader's brisk title blues is in the spirit of McDuff, while his hip blues "Fried Oysters" provides a perfect close to this outstanding release.
Track Listing: Tippin'; Let's Be Frank; Young Like; The More I See You; Lover Man; You Stepped Out of a Dream; K2; Alone Together; Fried Oysters.
Personnel: Jim Snidero: alto saxophone; Mike LeDonne: organ; Paul Bollenback: electric guitar; Tony Reedus: drums.
Record Label: Savant Records