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Jim Snidero: A Tale Of Taste

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What's the hallmark of quality jazz? If this question was posed to a group of jazz musicians, each person would no doubt give a different answer that would speak to differences in taste. Some would lean on tradition and others might push the idea of innovation, but few, if any, would actually use taste itself as the defining factor. That's what separates alto saxophonist Jim Snidero from the rest. Over the past thirty years, Snidero has come to be known as an arbiter of taste through his sideman work, leader dates and educational endeavors, and that's no accident. In discussing ...

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Jim Snidero: Stream of Consciousness

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The jazz world would likely forgive saxophonist Jim Snidero if he fell prey to artistic stagnation every now and then, but he might not forgive himself. He's kept a steady flow of solo albums coming through the pipeline for a quarter century and, while other artists who are equally prolific find themselves falling back on tired formulas and the same old tunes to fill out their records, Snidero continues to surprise with each addition to his discography. When Snidero arrived at the Savant label in 2007, he pulled the pianistic rug out from under himself, making Paul ...

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Jim Snidero: Interface

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The digital age has completely changed the way language is used. People talk about “googling" things, discovering new “apps," and “friending people" all the time, so it wouldn't be surprising if the word “interface" eventually replaces “communication" in common, everyday conversations. Interfacing can essentially be viewed as a modern day synonym for communication, and that, after all, is one of the cornerstones of jazz. Saxophonist Jim Snidero knows this all too well. With an impressive résumé as a sideman, decades of performing experience under his belt, fifteen prior leader dates which showcase his talent, and a reputation as one of ...

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Jim Snidero: Interface

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Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero is a masterful mainstream jazz man, though he's proven his versatility and overall musical acumen, including a third stream lean, on his Strings (Fantasy Jazz, 2003), a set that featured a jazz quartet teamed with strings. Interface finds Snidero back in a straight-ahead frame of mind, teamed, for his third consecutive recording on the Savant Records label, with guitarist Paul Bollenback. The pairing is an auspicious one. Bollenbeck--an outstanding leader in his own right--is also a masterful sideman, whether it's with vocalist Chris McNulty, or here with Snidero. The difference between Interface and ...

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Jim Snidero: Crossfire

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Since his days as a student at North Texas State University, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero has built quite a discography but this session, with his current working band of guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Paul Gill and drummer Billy Drummond, is a rare chance to hear him in a pianoless setting. Crossfire is Snidero's 15th CD as a leader, with the bulk of the session focusing on his challenging originals. The title track is a solid opener, full of surprises, beginning with an infectious Latin rhythm, before briefly shifting into a punchy post-bop setting then a more conventional ...

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Jim Snidero: Crossfire

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Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero is a jazz musician who can perhaps assert that he's “been there, done that." A clinician, author, first-call session ace and solo artist, his craft is synonymous with general excellence within the modern jazz realm. Featuring a resonating and blustery tone, dappled with the occasional edge, Snidero transmits an authoritative presence on Crossfire.

With a top-notch band providing sympathetic support, Snidero effortlessly whirls through snappy bop grooves, abetted by sharpshooter guitarist Paul Bollenback's dark-toned phrasings and chord-based comping. The quartet communicates agility, and an affable comingling of finesse and power. And it's a buoyant ...

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Jim Snidero: Tippin'

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Since graduating from the University of North Texas in 1981, Jim Snidero has worked for many different bandleaders, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Wess, Brian Lynch, Tom Varner and Walt Weiskopf, though his first professional gig after moving to New York was with organist Jack McDuff. This year-long stint provided the alto saxophonist with a heavy dose of blues, which proved to be a valuable post-graduate on-the-job education. 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 ...

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Jim Snidero: Tippin'

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With over ten recordings as a leader since his 1984 debut On Time (Toshiba/EMI), alto saxophonist Jim Snidero continues to be a driving force in mainstream jazz. On Tippin', Snidero recruits organist Mike Ledonne, guitarist Paul Bollenback and drummer Tony Reedus for a spirited session of burners, ballads and blues.

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 ...

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Jim Snidero: Close Up

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Prose laureate Whitney Balliett coined the phrase “the sound of surprise" as an encomium for jazz. Like most of his peers, saxophonist Jim Snidero shoots regularly for this ideal. His new Milestone effort flirts with the target but doesn't quite hit the bull's-eye. An accessible program of original tunes shored up by two standards, each cogently arranged to accentuate his talents and those of his rhythm section, makes for a winsome template. The guest tenor of former label mate Eric Alexander further stacks the deck in Snidero's favor. Despite these valuable trappings, the session still registers simply as a praiseworthy ...

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Jim Snidero: Strings

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By staying in touch with his roots as a hard blowing alto saxophonist and leader of razor-sharp small bands, Jim Snidero has successfully married a ten-piece string section and a conventional jazz quartet. His arrangements of six original compositions (including the three-part “River Suite”) and two standards entail a constant shifting between the relative freedom of improvisation, and the tighter organization made necessary by the larger ensemble.

The recording’s primary soloist, Snidero consistently radiates excitement and a beboper’s willingness to take risks on ballads (“Theme For Ernie,” “Forever Gone”) and upbeat material (“Slipping Away,” “Ventura”). These liberties ...

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Jim Snidero: Strings

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Jazz soloists especially like to make two types of recordings--those in duo with piano and those with strings . Art Pepper, Frank Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis made very fine piano duet recordings (Pepper and Morgan with the same pianist, George Cables, Gillespie and Faddis with Oscar Peterson). But seemingly, the Holy Grail of jazz is the recording with a string section, and many fine (and controversial) ones exist: Art Pepper- Winter Moon (Galaxy/OJC) Charlie Parker- With Strings Complete (Verve) Chet Baker- With Strings (Columbia) Clifford Brown- With Strings (Emarcy)

To a recording, all of ...

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Jim Snidero: The Music Of Joe Henderson

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This past year, rumors of Joe Henderson’s death flooded the internet. Luckily, those rumors were unfounded. While Henderson was taking some time off from performing, his compositions weren’t. Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero assembled a New York post-bop sextet to showcase the now familiar music, like Henderson’s “Recorda-Me,” “Inner Urge,” and “Punjab.” Covering the now classic Henderson book by an alto saxophonist, (Joe plays tenor) is not a simple task. Fans of the revered Blue Note, Prestige and Milestone recordings know the music almost note-for-note. Snidero, up for the task, mixes thoughtful and innovative arrangements with first-class musicians. Just like a ...

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Jim Snidero: The Music of Joe Henderson

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For some inexplicable reason, the alto saxophone has fallen out of favor over the past few years. Just think about it, how many name alto players can you rattle off in one minute? Probably only thought about by a select few astute followers, Jim Snidero should be better known than he currently is. It's not like he has a modest number of recordings under his name, because that's not the case. Although documented on smaller independents such as Criss Cross Jazz, Red Records, and Ken Music, Snidero's catalog is full of bright exemplars brimming with aggressive hard bop. Now with ...

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Jim Snidero: San Juan

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More RED. On San Juan, 39 year old Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero leads a quietly powerful sextet that deftly executes seven of his compositions plus the Kenny Dorham chestnut, “La Mesha”. Of note on this 1994 release is trumpeter Tim Hagans, who in the last year has become hot enough to accelerate global warming. Most notable to the overall sound and mood of the disc is the presence of Steve Nelson on vibes.

Good Vibrations. The vibraphone is a most unique instrument providing a most unique sound. Its presence in an ensemble can lend even the hottest group a bruised ...



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