All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

196

Bob Sneider: Out of the Darkness

Dr. Judith Schlesinger By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Bob Sneider: Out of the Darkness Guitarist Bob Sneider, based in Rochester, New York, won two Downbeat awards for "Best Performance" before he was out of college, then went on to perform with Houston Person, Freddie Cole, Nnenna Freelon, and Jon Faddis; he also toured with Chuck Mangione for four years. Now teaching jazz guitar at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Sneider is a classy player with a honeyed tone and smooth, melodic lines. Out of the Darkness is a good title for a CD where dissonance is an accent, rather than a lifestyle; listening to it is like taking a springtime ride with the top down.



On Sneider's second outing for Sons of Sound , he appears in different settings - duo with percussion, bebop quintet, trio - each revealing a different color in his extensive palette. His writing gifts are especially evident on the burning title tune and the tender "Waltz for Aleta," and his addition of an intriguing head-twist to "Love Walked In." There's a good mix of electric and acoustic guitar, and the pacing is a naturalistic, satisfying sequence of density and mood. A string quartet enhances two tracks without adding any of that cloying sweetness; in fact, "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" is a highlight of the album, along with the graceful takes on "Isfahan," "Pyramid," and Jobim's "Dreamer." Bassist Bob Stata, pianist Paul Hofmann and drummer Mike melito are consistently first-rate. The last track, Kenny Burrell's "Lyrestro," is actually a concert video, playable on Quicktime 3.0, which my antique equipment will not accommodate; but while I can't report on the audio, the video reveals that a good time was had by all. It certainly sounds like it. A thoroughly enjoyable CD.


Track Listing: Isfahan, Out of the Darkness, David's Tune, Waltz for Aleta, Love Walked In, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer), If I Had You, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to, Pyramid, Lyresto

Personnel: Bob Sneider (electric and classical guitar), John Sneider (trumpet), Paul Hofmann (piano), Bob Stata (bass), Mike Melito (drums), Tony Padilla (percussion), string quartet: Diedre Foley (violin), Heather Netz (violin), Adrienne Sommerville (viola), Christoher Hutton (cello), strings arranged by David Ravello

Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Sons of Sound | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

  • 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
Nocturne for Ava
Nocturne for Ava
Origin Records
2009
buy
All Through the Night
All Through the Night
Indies Records
2007
buy
Escapade
Escapade
Sons of Sound
2006
buy
Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel
Sons of Sound
2006
buy
Interconnection
Interconnection
Sons of Sound
2004
buy
Out of the Darkness
Out of the Darkness
Sons of Sound
2003
buy
Bill Evans Bill Evans
piano
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
sax, alto
Stan Getz Stan Getz
sax, tenor
Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Barney Kessel Barney Kessel
guitar, electric
Bud Powell Bud Powell
piano
Wynton Kelly Wynton Kelly
piano

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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