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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more