171

Bob Sneider and Paul Hofmann: Escapade

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Bob Sneider and Paul Hofmann: Escapade The history of duo recordings boasts some standout pairings: Bill Evans and Jim Hall, Nat "King" Cole and Oscar Moore, Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Stan Getz and Kenny Brown. Guitarist Bob Sneider and pianist Paul Hofmann approach the duo format with masterful technique and imagination on Escapade, a followup to Interconnection (Sons of Sound, '04).

Sneider is a two-time winner of Down Beat's Outstanding Performance in Jazz Award and has performed with Chuck Mangione, Nat Adderley and Jon Faddis. He is currently an Instructor of Jazz Guitar at the Eastman School of Music and frequently appears with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops.

Sneider and Hofmann share a crisp chemistry and craft a seamless sound—and while their technique is flawless throughout, the players don't eschew some fun and spontaneity, as on the jaunty "Manana Time" and the prickly "New Invention No. 21." The Rodgers and Hart classic "My Funny Valentine" is given a more upbeat and optimistic, bounce-in-the-step turn than you'll usually here with this tune. And the duo tips its at to the Nat "King" Cole Trio (pre-vocalist days) with a "King Cole Trio Medley."

The set is masterfully arranged, and the players are so musically in-sync that, in a relaxed listening mode, you can lose track of which instrument is playing which part in this intellectual yet approachable sound.

Visit Bob Sneider and Paul Hoffmann on the web.


Track Listing: Roller Coaster; New Invention No. 15; Blues Palindrome; Touching the Sky; Bob's Bossa; Manana Time; New Invention No. 21; Celestial Visions; King Cole Trio Medley; A Lullaby; My Funny Valentine; The Great Escape; Improvisations on Prelude No 22, Op. 11 Part IV.

Personnel: Bob Sneider: guitar; Paul Hofmann: piano.

Title: Escapade | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Sons of Sound


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

  • High Peaks
    High Peaks
    Paul Hofmann & Bob Sneider
    Serve & Volley
  • Black Dahlia
    Black Dahlia
    Bob Sneider & Joe Locke Film Noir Project
    Nocturne For Ava
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

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 "Luz de Luna" CD/LP/Track Review Luz de Luna
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 9, 2017
Read "Mogoya" CD/LP/Track Review Mogoya
by James Nadal
Published: May 14, 2017
Read "Numbers" CD/LP/Track Review Numbers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2017
Read "Back To Your Heart" CD/LP/Track Review Back To Your Heart
by Jeff Winbush
Published: January 13, 2017
Read "Get Up And Go" CD/LP/Track Review Get Up And Go
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 2, 2017
Read "Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'" CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 25, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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