193

Jim Snidero: Crossfire

Ken Dryden By

Sign in to view read count
Jim Snidero: Crossfire 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 straight-ahead style, with Bollenback's exquisite, well-placed licks complementing the leader's expressive alto. "Lost" is a wistful ballad with an engaging call-and-response between Snidero and Bollenback while "One For You" is a slinky, soft bossa nova. The leader's lyrical setting of the standard "Time After Time" is a strutting affair in which his effervescent alto bubbles with creativity, while the breezy take of "Somewhere in the Night" (written for the old television series Naked City) is also an inspired choice. The one standard is Herbie Hancock's "One Finger Snap," though the lack of a piano is not an issue. The quartet masters the intricate theme, Gill and Drummond providing a driving undercurrent. It seems unlikely that Snidero will be utilizing piano on his next record date, given the fireworks produced with this one.

Track Listing: Crossfire; Tranquility; Vortex; Lost; Time After Time; Big "T"; One For You; Somewhere In The Night; One Finger Snap.

Personnel: Jim Snidero: alto saxophone; Paul Bollenback: guitar; Paul Gill: bass; Billy Drummond: drums.

Title: Crossfire | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Savant Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Such A Sky CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31 CD/LP/Track Review Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Hallways CD/LP/Track Review Hallways
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 24, 2017
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 31, 2016
Read "Wake Up Call" CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Left Right Left" CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "George DeLancey" CD/LP/Track Review George DeLancey
by James Nadal
Published: August 23, 2016
Read "Counteraction" CD/LP/Track Review Counteraction
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 20, 2017
Read "Potsdamer Platz" CD/LP/Track Review Potsdamer Platz
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: February 3, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.