Bob Sneider & Joe Locke Film Noir Project: Nocturne for Ava (2009)
The Film Noir Project is the brainchild of guitarist Bob Sneider and vibraphonist Joe Locke. On Nocturne for Ava they present film score material including Michel Legrand's "Windmills of Your Mind," Duke Ellington's "Flirtibird," from Otto Preminger's 1959 classic, Anatomy of a Murder, and Marcus Miller's "Los Feliz," written for Miles Davis and the 1987 film Siesta. The disc also includes a Bob Sneider original, "Black Dahlia," inspired by a gristly Hollywood murderand, incidentally, celebrated by Bob Belden in the marvelous but overlooked orchestra jazz release, Black Dahlia (Blue Note Records, 2001)and pianist Paul Hofmann's "Kiss Me Kill Me," featuring a creeping piano trio section that gives way to brief, tasty solos by trumpeter John Sneider and tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart before a rollback to the trio mode that leads into Locke's solo.
Locke penned the title tune, a homage to Ava Gardnerholding, in its six minutes, the seductive allure and smoldering beauty of its inspiration and, perhaps, a sense of romance lost.
The ensemble sound boasts a rich texture, with vibes, piano, guitar, drums, and percussion. Like the movie songs (and more) it presents, it's a captivating, soundtrack-like experience.
Track Listing: Last Tango in Paris; Afterglow; Theme From Blow Up; Laura; Black Dahlia; Windmills of Your Mind; Nocturne for Ava; Kiss Me, Kill Me; I Want to Live Main Theme; Flirtibird; Los Feliz.
Personnel: John Sneider: trumpet; Grant Stewart: tenor saxophone; Bob Sneider: guitar; Joe Locke: vibes; Paul Hofmann: piano; Martin wind: bass; Tim Horner: drums; Luisto Quintero: percussion.
Record Label: Origin Records