Jim Snidero: The Music of Joe Henderson
By the very nature of the instrument he plays, Snidero avoids any attempts to merely copy Henderson. Furthermore, he has chosen his material wisely, with "Recorda-Me" being the only number likely to be familiar to the novice. Snidero even opts to work the arrangement of "Serenity" that originally appeared on a Pepper Adams date from the late '60s, one that lets the tune sprawl out at a more relaxed pace. "If" comes from Larry Young's classic Unity and benefits from the full front line that includes Snidero, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, and trombonist Conrad Herwig. Later period Henderson also gets the nod by the inclusion of "Black Narcissus" and "Afro-Centric," the former providing an ideal showcase for Snidero's distinctive sound, which is marked by a clean and sharp attack that avoids being too acerbic.
Much should be said of Snidero's cohorts too. A better rhythm section could not be asked for, as provided by pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Dennis Irwin, and veteran drummer Kenny Washington, who over the span of many shared sessions has developed quite a hook-up with Snidero. Magnarelli and Herwig are also distinctive soloists in their own right and the full sound they lend Snidero's lucid arrangements separate this effort from your average tribute date. So whether you look at it as a consequential set of Joe Henderson tunes or as an accomplished Jim Snidero album or find it to be a little of both, you simply can't go wrong with this set's well-placed intentions.
Track Listing: If, Serenity, Punjab, Inner Urge, Step Lightly, Recorda-Me, Black Narcissus, Afro-Centric (53:50)
Personnel: Jim Snidero- alto saxophone, Joe Magnarelli- trumpet, Conrad Herwig- trombone, David Hazeltine- piano, Dennis Irwin- bass, Kenny Washington- drums
Record Label: Double-Time Jazz